It hasn't gotten much attention but the Jacksonville Jaguars aren't in great cap shape to start the offseason. At $11 million (give or take), they have barely enough space to sign their 2024 draft class. Fortunately for them, they can quickly create room by extending a few players and restructuring a few contracts.
That said, the Jaguars cannot just simply hand out new contracts or push the cap into the future. They'll need to be diligent if they want to get relief without affecting their future spending. So what cap decisions will the team's brass have to deal with in 2024? Here are five of the most important ones.
5. Darious Williams was a playmaker in 2023, will the Jaguars release him?
One of the first places the Jags could look at for cap relief is cornerback Darious Williams, who's set to count $11.5 million against the cap in 2024. If the Jags wanted to, they could free up $11 million with just $500,000 in dead money. The issue with taking that road is that Williams was their best corner in 2022, with injuries hampering Tyson Campbell most of the year.
Williams wasn't perfect but he showed an affinity for making big plays. He finished 2023 with a team-best 19 passes defensed and tied for first place in interceptions with four. He may or may not be a good fit for defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen's system but the Jaguars should give him a chance to prove he deserves to stay.
The Jags could keep Williams around for training camp, and if they think he should stay, they could then give him an extension to push some of his cap hit to future years. Alternatively, they could trade him to take his salary off the books and get a draft pick along the way.
That said, it may not be a great idea to move on from Williams if the Jaguars don't have a replacement in place.