5 notable Jaguars who won’t probably be back next season

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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. #11 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union] /

No. 2 Jaguars player who might not return next season: Marvin Jones, WR

It’s easy to think of wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. as a veteran leader and that’s accurate. He’s a calming presence in the Jags’ locker room but he’s also a pretty good player. The former Cal Golden Bear was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2012 and has tallied 507 catches for 6,961 receiving yards and 56 touchdowns through his pro career. Simply, you won’t last that long in the NFL if you aren’t playing at a high level, which is what Jones has done everywhere he’s gone, including Duval County.

Even though Urban Meyer had no idea what he was doing and the Jags ranked last in points scored last year, Jones still managed to haul in 73 receptions for 832 yards with four touchdowns. Due to the arrival of Christian Kirk and Zay Jones earlier this year, Jones is no longer the primary target on the Jags’ offense but he’s still an important cog.

Jones has started all three games and caught 11 passes for 104 yards with one touchdown. He won’t put up monster numbers but he’s the kind of player that will show up if called upon. That’s teams will be interested in him in 2023, when his contract with the Jaguars expires.

Looking back, the Jaguars got a good deal when they signed Jones to a two-year, $14.5 million contract last offseason and it would be great to bring him back but there might not be enough money to pull it off.