The Jaguars will look to add several new players this year, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Who's in and who's out this offseason?
The Jacksonville Jaguars season came to an end with a whimper, losing 30-6 to the Houston Texans in a game in which they were dominated from start to finish. It left a bad taste in a lot of fan’s mouths, rightfully so, and it had a lot of people asking questions about which players will be returning and who will be cut. Good news is, I’m here to give my opinion on that, and as we all know I’m always right.
So here it goes: Who’s in, who’s out for the Jaguars in 2016? (Note: I’m not going to list literally every player.)
Andre Branch: Everyone’s favorite windmill, Branch, finished the 2016 season like most of his games this season, doing absolutely nothing. Branch had a banner day against the Indianapolis Colts that sparked a blowout win, but outside of that game he’s produced mostly nothing as a pass rusher and has been exposed as a run defender most of the season. Branch isn’t a "creator" defensive end and is more a cleanup guy. I can’t see any reason whatsoever the Jaguars would want to bring Branch back, no matter how cheap.
Marcedes Lewis: The veteran tight end has been on the Jaguars forever, it seems, but I believe the 2015 season will be his last. Lewis offers little in the passing game at this point in his career and his blocking has started to fall off quite a bit. He will make a crazy catch every now and then, but he also will get called for holding far too often. I don’t think he will be back with the Jaguars unless he’s willing to take a substantial pay cut from the one he already took.
Chad Henne: The Jaguars backup quarterback didn’t have to play a snap this season, which is exactly what you want. The free agent market are quarterback is headlined by Sam Bradford, so if teams are actually going to fight to sign him it would be smart for Henne to test the waters. There might be someone willing to give Henne a chance to start, but ultimately I think he will be back.
Stefen Wisniewski: Wiz was signed on a "rental" contract because he was recovering from shoulder surgery in the offseason. He hasn’t been bad for the Jaguars, but I wouldn’t say he’s been good either. Too many bad snaps and he’s been mediocre at best overall. I would be surprised if he’s back with the Jaguars, at least as a starter.
Bryan Anger: FINALLY HIS CONTRACT IS EXPIRING. Anger is a mediocre punter who’s dealt with the same issues he’s had since he was a rookie. There’s no reason really to bring him back and he can be easily replaced. You only notice good punters and bad punters and the difference between the good ones and the average ones is minimal. Anger is noticed far too often.
Jonas Gray: A newbie to the Jaguars, but he’s shown promise in the past two weeks. In my opinion, he’s shown enough to be given a shot at the roster next season.
Ryan Davis: Everyone’s favorite third down pass rusher came back to Earth this season and was very, very quiet even when given reps at the LEO position. I don’t think it’s a lock he’s back with the team, but since he’s an RFA he should at least be back for camp. Same goes for Abry Jones.
Chris Clemons: I think Clemons played his last snap for the Jaguars and probably sealed that fact with his spat with Ryan O’Halloran after the Texans drubbing. Clemons served his purpose as a veteran band aid, but it’s pretty clear he’s done and doesn’t offer what the team needs anymore on the field.
Cap Savings: $4 million
Toby Gerhart: When I asked Ryan and Cole for anyone I was missing in who I’d cut, they both mentioned Gerhart. I honestly forgot he was on the team, so that tells you what you need to know.
Cap Savings: $3.5 million
Sergio Brown: Brown was brought in and thought to be a band aid until James Sample was ready to take over, but his time in the starting lineup didn’t last long. He’s been a rotational player, with quite a few issues, and a special teamer. I think he’s back for camp at least.
Cap Savings: $2.25 million
Zane Beadles: Beadles was given a massive contract in free agency two seasons ago, that many questions. At the time I did explain that in essence, it was a two-year deal the team could get out of if he ended up being below average. Well, here we are two seasons later and with A.J. Cann getting a full season under his belt and Brandon Linder back, I’m not sure why you’d keep Beadles around.
Cap Savings: $5.5 million
Paul Posluszny: I feel like I’ve been trying to cut Poz for three seasons and he keeps coming back, so until he’s actually cut I think he will be back, but I think it’s closer to OUT than it’s been in a while. His play was much more up and down this season than in the past and he wasn’t missed late in the season when he broke his hand.
Cap Savings: $4.3 million
Dan Skuta: Skuta was signed to be a fill in at the OTTO position and a special teamer. I think he’s been adequate in both departments, though I’d have liked to see him be used as a pass rusher more. He’s not that expensive if he continues to be a role player, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they moved on either.
Cap Savings: $3.6 million