The Jacksonville Jaguars have renewed excitement after a good 2019 NFL draft weekend. However, they once again are dealing with questions involving one of their young star players. And, dealing with whether or not that player is part of a growing list of disgruntled players in North Florida.
Linebacker Telvin Smith, one of Jacksonville’s defensive leaders during their playoff run of 2017, has been a no-show during voluntary workouts over the last couple of weeks. And, the team’s front office continues to say that they have not had any dialogue with him. And further, that they don’t want to talk about the situation.
Dave Caldwell on if he expects LB Telvin Smith to be a part of the team in 2019: “We’ll see. I don’t want to get into hypotheticals.” #Jaguars
— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) April 27, 2019
Jacksonville invested $45 million in a contract extension in 2017 for the former fifth round pick out of Florida State. However, they also reworked Smith’s deal a year ago by giving him $8 million in the form of a roster bonus, but lowering his cap number and thus, freeing up cap space for 2018.
Also, half ($5 million) of Smith’s salary for 2019 was guaranteed last month.
Could Smith now be unhappy, because he thinks the team might be looking to replace/release him? Seems, crazy, when you consider that they have given him a huge bonus and he’s still in the prime of his career.
Smith led the Jaguars with 134 tackles, four of them for losses with a sack and two interceptions a year ago. He is vital to the middle of defensive coordinator Todd Wash’s defense.
Yet, coach Doug Marrone met with RB Leonard Fournette recently at the Jaguars facility, and seemed to clear the air with the talented third year back. This despite Fournette causing problems off the field, including his arrest earlier this month on traffic violations.. Marrone also told the media that while Pro Bowl DB Jalen Ramsey is staying away, again, from voluntary off season work, that he has also spoken to Ramsey.
Yet, when the question was asked about communication with Smith for the same? The answer was, “none.”
Finally, the Jags didn’t draft an inside linebacker this weekend in Nashville. So, that’s not part of the discussion, either.
There is one person who can clear it up and quickly, if there truly isn’t a problem, and he’s just working out on his own?
That’s Telvin Smith.
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