3 burning questions about the Jacksonville Jaguars O-Line that must be addressed
2. Will Tyler Shatley be a cap casualty for the Jacksonville Jaguars?
The Jaguars are currently cap-strapped and might need to move on from a few players to get under the cap. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin, defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris and safety Rayshawn Jenkins are candidates to be released in the offseason. Another name that isn’t discussed as often is reserve offensive guard Tyler Shatley.
Releasing Shatley would create nearly $3 million in cap space with $500,000 in dead money. The former Clemson Tiger just signed a two-year deal extension last offseason and it wouldn’t make much sense to cut ties with him based on how much he’s played over the last three seasons. In that span, he’s made 30 starts and he’s more than held his own. On the other hand, the Jags will need to look everywhere on the roster for any potential cap savings and Shatley is an appealing option.
The downside of parting ways with Shatley is that he can come off the bench at any time and the Jacksonville offensive line won’t miss a beat. If the Jags have no alternative and need to part ways with the veteran, they will need to look for a potential replacement in the draft. This might not be the best course of action when you take into account that there’s not much depth behind him.
Without Shatley, Blake Hence and Cole Van-Lanen would be next in line if one of the Jaguars’ interior offensive linemen goes down with injuries and neither one is currently an appealing option.