5 worst contracts on the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2022

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Tight end Chris Manhertz (84) of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports) /

NFL teams can look very different from one year to another and this is especially true for the 2022 Jacksonville Jaguars for a few reasons. First, they parted ways with long-term fixtures on both sides of the ball, center Brandon Linder (retired) on offense and linebacker Myles Jack (released) on defense. Also, they took advantage of their surplus of cap space and went on a shopping spree in free agency, meaning there will be plenty of new faces on this year’s roster, and that’s without taking into account all the players the Jaguars will add in the 2022 NFL Draft.

In fact, the Jags have spent the last two offseasons acquiring as much talent as possible due to the dearth of playmakers on the roster. While some of their additions have paid off and have a good chance to make an impact, others haven’t been so great, especially when you take into account their contract. In particular, these five deals stand out for the wrong reasons.

No. 1 worst contract on the Jaguars in 2022 – Chris Manhertz, TE.

Players deserve to get much money as they can and they should always maximize their value. That’s why tight end Chris Manhertz should get praise for signing a two-year deal worth $6.65 million with $4.25 million guaranteed, especially when you considered he was undrafted out of Canisius in 2015 and had played basketball, not football, during his collegiate career.

Having said that, the Jaguars paid a premium for a tight end that had just 12 career receptions in the six years prior to landing in Jacksonville. Last season, Manhertz caught six passes and his first career touchdown, which came in the season opener. Outside of that, he didn’t do much of note. Then again, the team’s brass said they had brought him in for pass-blocking duties in short-down and red-zone situations. Either way, the Jags paid a premium for a niche player. To make matters worse, he’s not a lock to make the team due to the arrival of Evan Engram and the presence of Dan Arnold.