No. 2 Jaguars player who could be cut before playing a snap in 2023: Chris Claybrooks
The Jaguars have an intriguing cornerback tandem in Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams. They also have a solid nickel in Tre Herndon but the rest of the depth chart remains a work in progress ahead of the 2023 season. Tevaughn Campbell was claimed off waivers last year but might need to make an impression to remain on the roster in 2023. Similarly, Chris Claybrook could be a cap casualty if he doesn't stand out in training camp.
Claybrooks, a seventh-round pick in 2020, has appeared in 46 games with six starts for the Jaguars over the last three seasons. He's also become a steady contributor on special teams. However, there are a few things that could make him expendable. First, he's entering a contract year and the Jags could free up a bit over $1 million in space with just $25,597 in dead money if they release him before the season begins.
Also, Jacksonville has lots of depth at cornerback. Young players such as Gregory Junior, Montaric Brown, Christian Braswell, and Kaleb Hayes — all of them on either their first or second NFL season — will be competing for a roster spot in training camp and all of them will be cheaper to keep than Claybrooks.
Last but not least, Claybrooks was involved in a domestic dispute earlier this year. Although he was ultimately not charged, it's fair to wonder if that had an impact on his standing with the team. In the end, there's a chance Claybrooks sticks around for one more season but it wouldn't be necessarily shocking to see the Jags move on from him on roster cutdown day.