Jaguars Release OLB Dan Skuta

The Jaguars released outside linebacker Dan Skuta on Tuesday, freeing up $4.1 million in salary cap space, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times Union reports.

Skuta was part of the Jaguars’ March 2015 free-agent blitz, signed to play strong-side linebacker. He appeared in 26 games (10 starts) and made 55 tackles (five for lost yardage) in 684 snaps. He missed time in 2015 with a groin injury and games last year with back issues.

Particularly for his salary, there wasn’t room for Skuta if the Jaguars as expected move Myles Jack to middle linebacker and Paul Posluszny to the strong-side spot.

Jaguars to Visit with Top Two Safeties in the Upcoming NFL Draft

The presumed top two safeties in the NFL Draft will be visiting the Jaguars later this week, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Per a league source, Ohio State’s Malik Hooker and LSU’s Jamal Adams – projected to be top-10 picks – will arrive in Jacksonville for two of the 30 visits each NFL team is allowed to host.

The Jaguars have the fourth overall pick April 27 and safety isn’t a glaring need after they signed strong safety Barry Church to join free safety Tashaun Gipson. Hooker and Adams might only land on the Jaguars’ radar if the first three picks are defensive linemen Myles Garrett, Solomon Thomas and Jonathan Allen and the organization is against drafting a tailback that high.

Also later this week, Alabama linebacker Rueben Foster and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Foster will visit.

Jaguars Inform DL Jared Odrick He’s Being Released

The Jaguars have notified defensive lineman Jared Odrick on Monday he will be released, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. This via his agent David Canter who announced it on Twitter.

Odrick signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract with Jacksonville, with $22 million guaranteed, in 2015. The Jags will save $8.5 million by releasing the 29-year-old veteran. He will immediately become a free agent.

Odrick missed 10 games in 2016 due to injury, and compiled 6.5 sacks and 41 tackles in two seasons in Jacksonville. He led the Jags in sacks in 2015 with 5.5.

Jaguars Getting a Visit From Dolphins LT Branden Albert; Ready to Make a Deal Moving TE Julius Thomas

The Dolphins and Jaguars are working on a trade involving offensive tackle Branden Albert and tight end Julius Thomas, but hurdles remain, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Albert is visiting the Jaguars on Monday to help facilitate a swap. An Albert-Thomas trade would likely happen if both players agreed to new deals, Rapoport reported.

A trade cannot be officially finalized until the new league year opens on March 9.

Albert is set to count $10.6 million on the salary cap. Moving on would save Miami $7.2 million on the cap. The veteran left tackle struggled last season while playing through injury — for reference, Pro Football Focus rated him their 65th best offensive tackle in 2016. However, he would be an upgrade for Jacksonville, who are not picking up Kelvin Beachum’s 2017 contract option.

Thomas’ contract currently runs through 2019, and $3 million of his $7 million owed this year is already guaranteed.

Jaguars Elect Not to Exercise Contract of LT Kelvin Beachum

In a semi-surprising decision Wednesday night, the Jaguars elected not to exercise left tackle Kelvin Beachum’s contract option, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times Union reports.

The Jaguars can pursue a new deal with Beachum, but if he’s unsigned at 4 p.m. on March 9, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

If Beachum’s call is to find another team, add left tackle to the Jaguars’ extensive off-season to-do list.

Had the Jaguars exercised Beachum’s option, it would have triggered $18 million in guaranteed money – a $5 million option bonus, $7.5 million in salary this year and $5.5 million in 2018 salary.

Beachum, 27, tore his ACL playing for Pittsburgh in 2015 and signed a prove-it deal with the Jaguars last March.

Beachum started 15 games (1,023 of 1,112 snaps), missing only the Week 3 loss to Baltimore after he sustained a concussion at San Diego.

Jaguars Close to Inking NT Abry Jones to Four Year Deal

The Jaguars and nose tackle Abry Jones are nearing a deal that would pay the fifth-year player $16 million over four years, Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

The Florida Times-Union first reported that the sides were close to agreeing on a contract.

The 25-year-old Jones took over as the starter for the final nine games of 2016 after Roy Miller suffered a torn Achilles. Jones finished the season with 32 tackles (four for loss) and one batted pass.

Jones signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in April 2013 and played in eight games that season. The following year he appeared in all 16 of the Jaguars’ games, making two starts, and finished with 39 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.

Jaguars to Sit Down with Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan About Coaching Job

Kyle Shanahan

The Jaguars are tentatively set to interview Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan on Friday, Albert Breer of MMQB reports.

The Jaguars have already interviewed former Giants coach Tom Coughlin.

They are expected to be looking at offensive minded head coaches to replace Gus Bradley.

Jaguars Fire Head Coach Gus Bradley After Teams’ 9th Straight Loss

Gus Bradley

This was supposed to be the season the Jacksonville Jaguars challenged in the AFC South, but now with two games left in another awful campaign, they have just canned their head coach.

The team announced they fired coach Gus Bradley, just after the team lost another tough game, 21-20 to the Houston Texans after they appeared to be in control all afternoon.

Bradley, who was supposed to be an up and coming coach who would take the team to the next level, leaves the organization with the second-worst winning percentage of any NFL head coach who has coached at least 50 games.

Owner Shad Khan canned Bradley after the Jags lost their 9th straight game, which is the most in franchise history in a single season.

GM Dave Caldwell will hold news conference on Monday afternoon to announce an interim coach for the season’s final two games. It’s likely to be offensive line coach Doug Marrone or defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker.

“I thanked Gus Bradley today for his commitment to the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past four seasons,” owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had. Our players competed for Gus and I know they have great respect for him, as do I.

“Gus also represented the Jaguars, the Jacksonville community and the NFL in nothing less than a first-class manner as our head coach. That counts for a lot. It is unfortunately evident that we must make a change. I thought it would be best to do it immediately after today’s result so Gus can step away, relax and regroup with his family during the Christmas and holiday season.”

Bradley was 14-48 (.226) in three-plus seasons with the Jaguars. The only coach with a worse winning percentage is Bert Bell (.190), who also was the Philadelphia Eagles’ owner.

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