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Jaguars lose free agent WR Donte Moncrief to Steelers

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As the Jaguars will usher in new quarterback Nick Foles at a press conference on Thursday, the primary veteran wide receiver that he could have counted on, is departing out the same door in Jacksonville.

Donte Moncrief, who had only signed a one-year deal with Jacksonville last season, has agreed to leave North Florida and head to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

ESPN’s insider Adam Schefter had the details Wednesday night:

Moncrief had modest success as the primary receiver in what was a dismal offensive 2018 for the Jaguars with  48 catches, 668 yards and just three scores.

Moncrief signed a one-year $9 million deal last March coming from the Indianapolis Colts. The former 3rd round pick in 2014 had only one significant season in Indy of 64 catches for just over 700 hundred yards and six touchdowns in 2015. But, he’s never been able to get near those numbers since.

Interestingly, Moncrief will be brought in to help replace Antonio Brown, whom Pittsburgh traded in a blockbuster deal last weekend to the Oakland Raiders. The Steelers will also be counting heavily on speedster Juju Smith Schuster to be paired along with Moncrief.

As for Foles and the potential weapons that remain, the Jags have a mix of young and inexperienced core of receivers. This includes, former 4th round pick Dede Westbrook, who’s about to enter his third season. Plus, their rookie from a year ago D.J. Chark, who’s a former second round pick, but made little impact in 2018.

The Jags also look to have Marqise Lee coming back off of a knee injury suffered last preseason that the cost him all of 2018. Jacksonville has previously locked up Lee on a four year deal last off season that had $16.5 million guaranteed.

So, they have to hope that he will  become their number one target.

Jacksonville also has former undrafted player Keelan Cole, who has made contributions at times, but is not a number one receiver.

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