The Jacksonville Jaguars could end up getting a bargain in free agency.
The Carolina Panthers informed Tre Boston they would release him. Although the transaction hasn’t become official, the North Carolina product will hit the open market once again just one year after signing a three-year $18 million contract.
Boston may not garner as much attention as other safeties in free agency for a couple of reasons. First, he has become somewhat of a journeyman in recent years and has spent the last four with three different teams. Also, he didn’t have his best year in 2020, posting a mediocre 53.8 Pro Football Focus mark after grading no lower than 68.3 over his seven-year career.
The fact he played in the box half of his snaps in 2020 played a big role, as he’s at his best when lines up in the back end. You could argue he didn’t fit Panthers’ defensive coordinator Phil Snow’s scheme, as he earned PFF coverage grades above 89.0 twice in the three years prior.
Regardless of the reasons, Boston is a free agent once again and the team that signs him this offseason will probably get an underrated contributor at an affordable price. He’s never had a cap number higher than $5 million, and it’s unlikely he will get a big payday in 2021. Taking a flyer on Boston could end up paying big dividends for the Jaguars.