The Jacksonville Jaguars have done a good job of refurnishing the roster over the last three years. However, they'll need to continue making changes to remain competitive in the AFC South, which won't be particularly easy when you take into account, that there are a handful of players, led by outside linebacker Josh Allen, in line for a new contract in 2024.
Having to re-sign several key contributors will make the Jags turn to the draft to get younger and balance their salary cap. Unfortunately, that means they'll have to move on from several veteran players, possibly including the next four.
4. Tre Herndon
Cornerback Tre Herndon is one of many undrafted gems former general manager Dave Cadlwell found during his eight-year stint leading the Jaguars' front office. Herndon made the 53-man roster as a rookie and moved his way up the depth chart. He's routinely stepped up when injuries struck the secondary, and his flexibility to line up in the slot and the perimeter has made him a valuable contributor for the Black and Teal.
Overall, Herndon has appeared in 79 games with 34 starts since 2019, outlasting head coaches Doug Marrone and Urban Meyer along the way. But as important as he's been, the Jags have sophomore Gregory Junior waiting under the wing. By moving on from Herndon, they'll pave the way for Junior to man the slot. At the same time, they'll have the chance to evaluate the position and decide if they need to make any further changes.
Moreover, Herndon has been signing one-year deals with Jacksonville since 2021, and his current contract is set to expire after the season's end. While his experience will be missed, it's time the Jaguars move on from him. If he were part of their long-term plans, he would've already gotten a multi-year contract. He hasn't.