The Jacksonville Jaguars have started the process of revamping the team after finishing 1-15 in 2020. A familiar face may be willing to return to the team and help the rebuilding effort, as it seems like former linebacker Telvin Smith is ready to resume playing after hanging up the cleats in 2019.
Smith recently posted a message on social media. It simply stated, ‘I think it’s time’. Originally a fifth-round selection in 2014, the former linebacker played in Jacksonville for five seasons before abruptly retiring in 2019. The Jaguars placed him on the retired/reserve list and if he were to suit up again, they would hold his rights. He logged 587 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and nine interceptions during his five-year tenure with the team.
Keep in mind that it’s unclear what the 2017 Pro Bowl nod meant though. He could be talking about putting the shoulder pads on once again, but there’s no definite context. At this point, he could be talking about anything. Maybe he remembered it’s time to return the movies he rented or to pick up his laundry.
Also, Smith may need to take care of a few legal hurdles if he wants to play again. He pleaded not guilty to unlawful sexual activity with certain minors charges last May and he was also cited for animal neglect in August. This could complicate a potential return to the gridiron.
Would a reunion make sense for the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Let’s say Smith was indeed talking about returning and not taking up dancing classes. Would the Jaguars take him back? After all, he would be joining a very different team from the one he left and it’s uncertain whether the Jaguars’ brass would be ok with him joining the team again.
Nobody will deny the fact Smith can play, but head coach Urban Meyer is in the process of rebuilding the team and it’s not clear if the linebacker fits his vision. He would round out a linebacker corps that already has Joe Schobert and Myles Jack, but there would need to be mutual interest from both parties to work on a reunion.
Smith could be a solid addition to a defense that is in dire need of talent. However, the Jaguars need to decide if they would welcome him back. Also, the linebacker would need to clarify his tweet and confirm he’s it’s time to play again or start watching Wandavision.