After letting one half of the Allen Brothers walk in free agency, the Jacksonville Jaguars have also decided to part ways with Allen Hurns.
After the 2015 season in which both Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns amassed 1,000 yard receiving each, who would have thought the only receiver left on the Jacksonville Jaguars left from the 2014 draft class would be Marqise Lee?
That’s where we sit now, as Adam Schefter is reporting the Jaguars will release Allen Hurns, the former undrafted rookie sensation.
This isn’t a particularly surprising move for numerous reasons. Even before the Jaguars made some big signings in free agency, Allen Hurns was a cut candidate because his salary was not commensurate with his production the last two seasons. When the Jaguars went and paid both Marqise Lee and Donte Moncrief comparable money, it was clear someone had to go to make room.
Hurns future cap hits ($6.9 million in 2018 , $7.9 million in 2019, and $9.5 million in 2020) aren’t outrageous for a number 2 or 3 receiver, but Hurns hasn’t produced at that level since signing the contract, partly due to bad quarterback play but also because of nagging injuries on the part of Hurns.
Letting both Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns go also seems to indicate a move towards speed on offense. Lee, Moncrief, Cole, and Westbrook all had fast 40 times all are known for having been deep threats in college and somewhat in the pros.
While not shocking, it’s sad to see Hurns go after all the hard work he put in to not only make the roster, but make real contributions and become a very tough, reliable receiver in this league. He managed to overcome being undrafted and he’s proved he belongs on an NFL roster.
There should be quite a bit of demand for his services. Best of luck Hurnsy.