The Jacksonville Jaguars would surely love to re-sign all their players who are set to become free agents this offseason but they won’t have enough cap space to bring back every single one of them. As a matter of fact, they’ll need to move on from players that had huge roles last season.
On the bright side, the Jags are in a favorable position to overcome a few losses in free agency and won’t probably miss these four players if they walk away, which is likely.
No. 4 player the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t miss in 2023: Tre Herndon
Tre Herndon deserves credit for outlasting the Doug Marrone and Urban Meyer regimes. After all, the Jaguars have experienced significant turnover over the last four years and there aren’t many players on their roster that joined before 2018, the year the Vanderbilt product signed as an undrafted free agent.
Although Herndon was relegated to special teams for most of his rookie season, he worked his way up the Jaguars’ roster and became a full-time starter by 2019. While he didn’t play at a Pro Bowl level, he more than held his own and signed a one-year contract after the 2020 season to come back to Jacksonville.
Herndon was slated to be the team’s slot cornerback in 2021 but he suffered an MCL injury in the preseason that forced him to miss four games. He eventually return but didn’t perform well and hardly got much playing time in the second half of the season.
Nevertheless, the Jaguars’ brass valued Herndon’s versatility to play both inside and outside and brought him back on another one-year contract last offseason. He was given a chance to start opposite Tyson Campbell when Shaquill Griffin was unavailable but wasn’t great.
Once Darious Williams moved to the perimeter, Herndon lined up mostly in the slot but didn’t fare much better and finished the 2022 season with a 68.1 percent completion rate allowed. Bringing Herndon back wouldn’t be expensive but the Jags could also look for a potential replacement in either free agency or the draft.