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.

Jaguars Woeful Season Continues; Fall to Vikings at Home 25-16

Minnesota Vikings v Jacksonville Jaguars

Matt Asiata scored on a short touchdown run, Kai Forbath kicked four field goals and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 25-16 on Sunday, winning for just the second time in nine weeks.

Asiata had a chance to score three times, but he was stopped on a fourth-and-goal run in the second quarter and fumbled at the goal line in the fourth.

Those mistakes hardly hurt against the hapless Jaguars (2-11), who dropped their eighth consecutive game and fell to 0-6 at EverBank Field this season.

Minnesota (7-6) hadn’t won on the road since Sept. 25 at Carolina. A loss to the Jaguars would have weakened their playoff chances.

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Vikings at Jaguars NFL Week 14 Capsule

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-6) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-10)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  VIKINGS JAGUARS
SERIES LEADER 4-1  
STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Zimmer: 0-0 Gus Bradley: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 17-15 vs. Dallas L 20-10 vs. Denver
LAST GAME 9/9/12: Jaguars 23 at Vikings 26 (OT). Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 2 TDs. Vikings K Blair Walsh converts 55-yard game-tying FG as time expires in 4th & GW 38-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/23/08: Vikings 30, Jaguars 12. Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 80 yards & TD. Vikings LB Napoleon Harris has 27-yard FR-TD.
REFEREE John Hussey
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 118 (Min), 108 (Jax). XM: 388 (Min), 227 (Jax).

STATS

PASSING Sam Bradford: 280-393-2662-13-3-97.5 Blake Bortles: 282-483-2930-20-15-76.9
RUSHING Jerick McKinnon: 115-357-3.1-1 T.J. Yeldon: 103-373-3.6-1
RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 75-806-10.7-2 Allen Robinson: 56-622-11.1-6
OFFENSE 296.8 334.1
TAKE/GIVE +13 (2L) -18
DEFENSE 303.4 (3L) 311.3
SACKS Danielle Hunter: 9.5 Yannick Ngakoue (R): 6
INTs Xavier Rhodes: 4 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Jeff Locke: 43.1 Brad Nortman: 46.3
KICKING Kai Forbath: 22 (4/5 PAT; 6/6 FG) Jason Myers: 70 (22/23 PAT; 16/19 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD passed for 222 yards & 3 TDs for 105.3 rating in only career meeting (10/6/13 with StL). Ranks 2nd in NFL in completion percentage (71.2)…RB MATT ASIATA aims for 3rd in row on road with rush TD. RB JERICK MC KINNON had TD catch last week…WR STEFON DIGGS has 48 receptions since Week 8, most in NFL. Has 22 receptions for 365 yards (91.3 per game) in past 4 vs. AFC. TE KYLE RUDOLPH ranks 2nd among NFC TEs with 5 TD catches. Since 2012, ranks 3rd among NFC TEs with 24 rec. TDs…DE DANIELLE HUNTER has 5.5 sacks in past 4. Tied career-highs with 2 sacks & 6 tackles last week. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 8 sacks in past 10 vs. AFC. Has 4 sacks in past 5 on road. DE BRIAN ROBISON had sack & FF in Week 13. LB ERIC KENDRICKS has 2 sacks & INT in past 4 vs. AFC. S HARRISON SMITH ranks 2nd among NFL safeties with 84 tackles…JAGUARS: QB BLAKE BORTLES has 2+ pass TDs in 5 of past 6. Since 2015, has 55 pass TDs, tied for 5th in NFL…RB CHRIS IVORY had rush TD in Week 12. Has 151 scrimmage yards in past 2 meetings. RB T.J. YELDON is 1 of 6 in AFC with 1,000+ rush yards (1,113) & 500+ rec. yards (526) since 2015…WR ALLEN ROBINSON has 5 rec. TDs in past 6 vs. NFC. Since 2015, ranks 3rd in NFL with 20 TD catches. Leads team with 56 catches, 622 rec. yards & 6 TDs. WR MARQISE LEE has rec. TD in 2 of past 3…LB TELVIN SMITH had sack last week. Is 1 of 3 in NFL since 2014 with 300+ tackles (321), 3+ FFs (3) & 2+ INTs (2). DE YANNICK NGAKOUE ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 6 sacks. Is 1 of 2 players in NFL (KHALIL MACK) with 6+ sacks (6), 3+ FFs (3) & INT in 2016. LB PAUL POSLUSZNY has 22 tackles (11 per game), 2 TFL & sack in past 2 vs. Min. Leads team with 97 tackles. DT MALIK JACKSON has 3 sacks in past 3.

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