No. 1 Jaguars veteran on the bubble ahead of the 2023 season: K'Lavon Chaisson
The Jaguars haven't given up on outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson despite the fact that he's been unremarkable the last three years, registering a paltry three sacks and no big plays in that span. Sure, some players need time more than others to hit their stride but the former LSU Tiger hasn't shown signs he's close to putting it all together.
The coaching staff seems to believe Chaisson could live up to his draft billing in 2023 but he didn't do enough against the Cowboys to make you think he will. Granted, it was just a preseason game but Swiper didn't show a sense of urgency you want to see from a player fighting for a roster spot. Meanwhile, rookie Yasir Abdullah made the most of his chances when he got on the field
Abdullah needs to expand his pass-rush repertoire and keep honing his skills before he's ready. But at this point of his career, he's got more upside than Chaisson.
Now, moving on from Chaisson won't free up any cap space and will instead leave $4.2 million in dead money but is it worth keeping him around when the Jags could give his roster spot to a more deserving player? That would be a clear example of sunk cost fallacy.
Chaisson was a first-round pick for a reason. He had the tools and the talent to play in the pros but he's running out of time to prove he's the player the Jags thought he was when they drafted him 20th overall in 2020. And maybe, just maybe, they'll stop waiting and pull the plug on him before the start in the upcoming weeks.