The Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to move forward without veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis.
Mathis, who has played for his hometown team for his entire 10-year NFL career, is a free agent this offseason and was informed by the Jaguars that he would not be offered a contract this offseason. He is the Jaguars career interception leader with 30.
The Jaguars and new general manager Dave Caldwell have indicated several times this offseason that they want to get young and build through the draft, so it is no surprise that they are moving on from Mathis who turns 33 in August. Mathis has indicated that he is not ready to end his career and is now free to sign with another team.
Mathis tore his ACL late in the 2011 season and seemed to have lost a step last season as he lost his starting job to Aaron Ross and then his nickel job to rookie Mike Harris.
Mathis was drafted by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft and has played 137 games for them in his 10 seasons. For a time he was one of the premier cover cornerbacks and was selected as an AP All-Pro and a Pro Bowler following an outstanding 2006 season.
The Jaguars now appear to have a massive need at the cornerback position this offseason without Mathis and Derek Cox in the fold. Cox is scheduled to become a free agent next week and should generate plenty of interest from other suitors.