5 Jacksonville Jaguars Who Shouldn’t Be Back in 2014
5 Free Agents The Jaguars Shouldn't Re-Sign
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in that stage of the offseason where they need to decide what direction things are going. And since several veterans are coming off the books, they need to figure out which players will be part of the future of the franchise.
Following a year that ended with four wins in the last eight games, the Jaguars can surely be happy with what they’ve done in terms of progression throughout the year. They still have several holes in their roster on both sides of the ball, but they have enough picks to speed the rebuilding through the draft as GM David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley intend to do.
But they also have to make decisions in free agency, and since several players are off their books they need to decide which ones to keep looking towards the future of the team. Free agency is often critical in a team’s rebuilding process, and the bad choices usually haunt an organization for years.
Earlier we have already showed five players the Jaguars could target in free agency and five upcoming FAs they should re-sign at all costs. Now it's time to check out five players that ended their contract with the Jags that the organization would be wise to not bring back.
Whether it's because there are better options in the draft or in free agency – as the Jags have lots of money to spend – these five players shouldn’t wear the Jags’ uniform next season.
5. T Sam Young
The Notre Dame product doesn’t figure to be a big part of the team’s plans, and with his limited production he can easily be replaced with a younger player through the draft.
4. DT Brandon Deaderick
The defensive tackle out of Alabama only started one of the 13 games he played for the Jaguars this last season, and his numbers weren’t encouraging towards the future with only seven total tackles, 0.5 sacks and a forced fumble. The Jaguars can easily get something better this offseason.
3. TE Allen Reisner
Allen Reisner failed to play a significant role in the Jags’ offense this past year, and he shouldn’t be brought back. The improved play of Marcedes Lewis, the strong possibility of adding a strong receiver in the upcoming draft and the emergence of Clay Harbor make him absolutely expendable.
2. WR Taylor Price
Cecil Shorts III should be ready to start the next season, Mike Brown emerged as a solid weapon and Ace Sanders improved a lot during the campaign. It still remains to be seen what will happen with Justin Blackmon and if the Jaguars decided to sign a WR in the free agent market, but all signs are pointing to Price not coming back.
1. RB Maurice Jones-Drew
In the past two years, Maurice Jones-Drew held out, spent significant time injured, told media that his career “wasn’t about playing football anymore” and couldn’t perform as many of the Jags’ fans expected. The front office is making the right move in letting him test the open market, and they shouldn’t bring him back if he fails to sign somewhere else.