No. 5 player the Jaguars were right to move on from – Myles Jack.
The 2017 season was a beam of light in one of the darkest periods in Jaguars’ history. From 2011 to 2016, Jacksonville didn’t win more than five games in a year, so it was refreshing to see them rack up ten victories and play in the AFC Championship. However, things reverted back to normal in 2018 and former general manager David Caldwell slowly dismantled the Sacksonville defense that made their 2017 playoff run possible.
One of the few remaining players from that brief era was Myles Jack, a mainstay of the defense since he was drafted in 2016. One of the best off-linebackers in the NFL early in his career, the former UCLA Bruin had a down year in 2021. Although he led the team in total tackles, he wasn’t responsible for any big plays.
Jack was set to make $10 million in 2021 but the Jaguars made the decision to release him and free up $8.3 million in cap space even though he had been a fan favorite for a long time and was the protagonist of one of the most memorable (and unjust) plays in recent franchise history. On the other hand, his salary wasn’t proportional to his production and the Jaguars’ brass thought that the best course of action was cutting ties with him this offseason.
It surely wasn’t easy to move on from Jack but a wise man in the middle of a life crisis once said that the hardest choices require the strongest wills, and the Jags needed to move on from him to revamp their linebacker corps this offseason.