Not many things have gone the way the Jacksonville Jaguars would have hoped over the last few years but at least they have done a good job of managing the salary cap. This is in part due to the fact that they haven’t been able to develop and sign many of their own players to second contracts, leaving them with plenty of unused money sitting around. Similarly, they weren’t overly aggressive in free agency until this offseason, when they made several splash signings.
In spite of all the additions the Jags made in free agency, they currently have $7.4 million in cap room, per Over the Cap. Next year will be a whole different deal though, as they’re set to be $18 million in the red.
Fortunately, getting under the cap shouldn’t be an issue if Jacksonville restructures a few contracts. On the other hand, they want to enter the 2023 offseason with some breathing room and enough money to make a few moves, they could move one from a few players. With that in mind, here are five Jaguars that could become salary cap casualties next year.
No. 5 Jaguars potential salary-cap causality: Shaquille Quarterman, LB
Dead cap figure – $123,600
Potential cap savings – $1.01 million
At first sight, it might not make sense to cut ties with Shaquille Quarterman next year but the truth is that the Jags are stacked at linebacker and he might not see the field much in the upcoming season. Why should Jacksonville keep a player whose value is mostly on special teams when they may be able to find a cheaper alternative in the draft?
A fourth-round pick in 2020, Quarterman didn’t play a single defensive snap in his rookie campaign and appeared in 12 percent of the team’s total defensive snaps last season. Even if it’s only a bit more than $1 million, any amount the front office can free up would be welcomed.