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Silence on Jaguars 2019 cap moves won’t last much longer

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Don’t let the news silence fool you. The Jaguars are like numerous other teams right now, trying to figure out whose contract they can rework, which players they can trade and more likely, which players are going to get out-right released trying to free up salary cap money for free agency?

We already know that process has begun, as earlier in February, the team released tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to save almost $5 million. And, they announced last week that they had reworked defensive tackle Marcell Dareus’ contract for 2019 saving another $5 million for 2019.

However, that’s not nearly enough for what is about to take place, especially if the Jaguars plan (as everybody believes) on cutting quarterback Blake Bortles. Bortles’ 2019 dead cap money is $16.5  million, when they do that.

Further, if the team is clearly the front runner for Philadelphia Eagles free-agent QB Nick Foles as their new starter, that’s going to require a hefty 2019 price tag, too.

Finally, you factor in that the Jaguars earlier this week were second to last in cap space for pending free agency, and you can see the salary cap distress that they are clearly in.

That’s, why the report from last week the Jacksonville is actively shopping both veteran defensive tackle Malik Jackson and Reserve running back Carlos Hyde, who they got in a trade with the Browns last October, is in hopes of freeing up their salaries off of the 2019 cap.

The likelihood is: that one or both of those players will have to be released, if no trade partner is not found. Those players being cut would save approximately $13 million.

There was further a report on Wednesday that starting safety Tashaun Gipson (above) and his $9 million price tag for 2019 is also either on the trading block or maybe out right released as well? If he is cut, Gipson’s “dead cap blow” is just above $1.5 million only.

As source close to the Jaguars repeated to F.F.I. Wednesday: just because there haven’t been announcements, yet, doesn’t mean that the Jaguars aren’t facing the reality of what they have to do. That is, make several tough decisions to free up salary-cap space.

The saying in the movie theaters was always: “Silence is Golden,” but, in this case, be concerned Jaguar fans.

That’s because, the silence only means they haven’t said who they’re getting rid of, just yet.

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