Northcutt: On the Way Out

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Dennis on the ground, without the ball, became an all too familiar sight for Gene Smith.

Reports have surfaced and apparently, Dennis is reporting it himself, that he has been told to shop his services.

According to a league source, veteran wideout Dennis Northcutt is telling teammates that he has been given permission to shop his services via trade.

The Jaguars continue their quest for an adequate WR corp, and Dennis is the next victim of the new regime in Duval. "Given permission to shop his services", equates to being told, "If you want to make your money, find a team that will make a trade."

Northcutt is under contract through 2011.  Per NFLPA records, he’ll earn a base salary of $2.45 million this year, $2.95 million in 2010, and $3.95 million in the final year of the deal.

Their likely won't be many teams clamoring for Dennis' services, and it is unlikely he'll find a free agent deal at those numbers, especially after last season. Maybe we can swing a trade for Northcutt for a 6th or 7th rounder, but I find it unlikely. What this story really means, is that Gene is continuing to reshape the roster, and he hasn't seen enough from Dennis in OTA's to justify that salary. The play of the three rookies may have something to do with this move as well, we'll really find out come Training Camp.

With the roster now at 81 players, the Jaguars will need to cut one more player to be at the magic number of 80 for camp. Expect Northcutt to be gone before August, either via trade, or release.

-Collin Streetman

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