New Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell has begun the process of cleaning up the mess left by the previous regime.
On Wednesday, the Jaguars released offensive tackle Guy Whimper, who was one of the prime examples of the overvaluation of talent by former general manager Gene Smith. The release of Whimper is going to save the Jaguars $1.825 million in salary cap space in 2013.
Whimper, who was signed by the Jaguars in November of 2010 as a backup, started 22 of 40 games at right tackle during his time with the Jaguars despite the fact that he never played at a level that warranted consistent playing time. For the past four seasons, right tackle has been a revolving door of sub-par talent for the Jaguars, and Whimper was perhaps the worst.
Whimper made his biggest impact on the Jaguars in 2012 as a tight end that caught one touchdown pass. However, Whimper will probably be most remembered for a play in which he cost the Jaguars a touchdown by failing to report as an eligible receiver.
Last week at the NFL Combine when Caldwell was asked who would be the Jaguars starting right tackle if the season started tomorrow, his response expressed relief that the season did not start tomorrow. Offensive line was a need that went largely ignored by the previous regime, but will likely be addressed this off-season by Caldwell.
The Jaguars also released two practice squad players on Wednesday: quarterback John Parker Wilson and defensive back Brandon King.
This move is likely the first in a series of moves in which the Jaguars will start to shed some of the players who were significantly overvalued by the previous regime, and start to make room for younger and cheaper talent that actually has a chance to make a positive impact on the team.