Looking to shed some cash, the Jacksonville Jaguars released veteran linebacker Myles Jack on Tuesday, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Jack had spent the last six seasons with the Jaguars, leading the team in tackles last year with 108 as an invaluable part of their defense. He started 82 of 88 games, racking up 513 tackles with 6.5 sacks, three interceptions, and four fumble recoveries.
Heading into the third year of his four-year deal, however, Jack’s contract became too big of an asset to hold onto — especially for a team that was as busy as the Jaguars.
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On Monday, the team made sizable signings in offensive guard Brandon Scherff, defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi, and linebacker Foye Oluokun. However, the biggest deal of all came in a pact for wide receiver Christian Kirk, who could receive as much as $84 million on a four-year deal.
By releasing Jack, the Jaguars save $8.4 million against the cap while incurring a $4.8 million dead cap charge.
While his loss will be a blow to the defense, the Jaguars could pick up a major piece for its defense with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft next month, whether that be an edge rusher such as Aidan Hutchinson or Kayvon Thibodeaux.