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Jaguars Decline Options on LB Jake Ryan and DT Marcell Dareus

The Jaguars have declined the 2020 option on linebacker Jake Ryan and are expected to decline the option on defensive tackle Marcell Dareus according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Both moves are absolutely necessary for a Jags team with the worst salary cap situation in the NFL. The Ryan decision is an easy one as he has played only two regular season games since undergoing surgery for a torn ACL in 2018.

The free agent signing in March 2019 was inexplicable to begin with, as Ryan had missed the entire 2018 season while rehabbing but was nonetheless given a two-year, $8 million contract which included a $500,000 signing bonus. The move saves the Jags $6 million in cap space.

The option on the 29-year-old Dareus would have guaranteed him almost $20 million in 2020 and was probably never going to be picked up even if the defensive tackle had had a stellar season in 2019.

Instead, injuries limited him to only six games and 0.5 sacks. The No.3-overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Buffalo Bills out of the University of Alabama, Dareus will find garner a lot of interest on the free agent market but likely will not be offered any deals that would pay him $20 million a year.

The Jags are likely not done pruning their roster, as they can release cornerback A.J. Bouye and save another $11 million against the cap. Unfortunately for the fans in Jacksonville, the same “braintrust” that earned the team a deep descent into salary cap hell with virtually no success to show for it is still in charge of decision-making for at least the 2020 season.


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