Turnover is inevitable in the NFL due to the salary cap. While the current rules prevent clubs from putting together an All-Star team, it makes it difficult for others to keep core players. Fortunately for the Jacksonville Jaguars, it looks like they should be able to retain most of their key free agents in 2024.
That said, the Jags will need to reload their roster if they want to ensure they remain competitive the next few years. This means these four players could be on their way out next offseason.
4. Daniel Thomas is trending toward an exit with the Jaguars
Former Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell oversaw some pretty bad drafts. The 2020 one was among the worst, with DaVon Hamilton (Round 3) being the only player from that class who's signed a second contract. No longer with the team are cornerback C.J. Henderson, wide receiver Laviska Shenault, and offensive guard Ben Bartch. Safety Daniel Thomas, a fifth-round pick, could be on his way out next year.
For a brief moment, Thomas showed starting potential. Back in 2020, injuries pressed him into action and he fared well in two starts. However, an arm injury put a premature end to his rookie campaign. While the former Auburn Tiger has carved a niche on special teams in recent seasons, he's barely gotten playing time on defense.
Thomas is currently buried on the depth chart and won't probably see the field anytime soon. With rookies Antonio Johnson and Erick Hallet II (currently in the practice squad) in the mix, the Jaguars could easily move on from Thomas next offseason.