Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell has warned fans that tough decisions were coming this offseason as the team looks to get younger through its rebuilding process.
Earlier this week the Jaguars cut ties with veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis and now they have released safety Dawan Landry. The release of Landry could be the first in a series of moves that see the Jaguars release high priced veterans who are not worth the amount of money they are getting paid for a team going through a total rebuild.
Landry was one of the veterans that former Jaguars general manager Gene Smith threw a ton of money at in a failed attempt to fix this team through free agency. Landry signed with the Jaguars two years ago to a five-year, $27 million deal. He was scheduled to make $5.35 million in 2013, but his release will now save the Jaguars $1.45 million in salary cap space this season after a $3.9 million salary cap charge for his release.
Landry started every game over the last two seasons at strong safety for the Jaguars and recorded 281 tackles. The former Jaguars coaching staff raised some concerns about Landry’s lack of range late last season after he started to miss some tackles and apparently the new Jaguars regime has similar concerns about his skills.
The release of Landry now adds safety to the long laundry list of needs the Jaguars have this offseason. While these moves may seem a bit harsh in the short term, it is better for the Jaguars in the long term to rid themselves of some of these pricey contracts and get younger.