4 Jaguars veterans who should be cut before 2022 free agency

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Jawaan Taylor #75 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on July 30, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

No. 2 veteran the Jaguars should release – Jawaan Taylor, RT.

Cap hit in 2022 – $2.495 million. Dead money if released – $931, 077. Total cap savings – $1.564 million.

Last offseason, Jaguars offensive line coach George Warhop heaped praise on left tackle Cam Robinson and right tackle Jawaan Taylor. While Warhop noted that both players had to polish certain areas of their game, he also acknowledged that they had made strides.

Robinson went on to have arguably his best season in the NFL, giving up just one sack and posting a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 67.3, a career-best. On the other hand, Taylor struggled and didn’t show much improvement throughout the year, logging12 penalties and giving up six sacks.

The Jaguars may or may not re-sign Robinson but they will have options when it comes to both offensive tackle positions. They could bring Robinson back and kick Walker Little to the right side. Another alternative is to move on from Robinson, leave Little at left tackle, draft Evan Neal and plug him in at right tackle. In all these scenarios, Taylor becomes expendable. The former Florida Gator is entering the last year of his rookie deal and hasn’t shown enough growth to consider him part of the team’s long-term plans.

Even though the Jags could keep Taylor as a back, releasing him would open up $1.5 million in cap space and pave the way for either Little or Neal to start at right tackle.