5 potential cap casualties the Jacksonville Jaguars could sign in 2022

Trent Baalke, General Manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 2 cap casualty the Jaguars should sign in 2022 – Tarik Cohen, RB.

The Jaguars’ running back room could use reinforcements with Travis Etienne and James Robinson coming off serious injuries. Etienne could return by the time Organized Team Activities take place but Robinson may not be available by the beginning of the 2022 season, so Jacksonville should err on the side of caution and add depth to their backfield this offseason.

Running back Tarik Cohen could join a crowded free-agent market if the Chicago Bears deem him expendable due to the presence of David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert. Releasing Cohen would create $2.25 million in cap space and $3.5 million in dead money. However, the Bears could designate him as a post-June 1 cut and split the charge in two.

A fourth-round pick by Chicago in the 2017 NFL Draft, Cohen shared the backfield with Jordan Howard in his rookie campaign and went on to amass 723 yards from scrimmage. But the following season, he became a key cog in the Bears’ passing game and totaled 1,169 total yards, which earned him a Pro Bowl nod and a First-Team All-Pro designation.

Cohen wasn’t as productive in 2019 but still signed a three-year contract extension the following offseason. Unfortunately, he missed most of the 2020 campaign after tearing his ACL in Week 3. He was expected to return for the 2021 season but spent it on the Physically Unable to Perform list. If Cohen is released and is fully healthy, the Jaguars should kick the tires of him.