The Jacksonville Jaguars will be releasing veteran cornerback Will Blackmon, a source tells Big Cat Country. Blackmon all but verified this on Twitter with a cryptic tweet on Thursday morning as well as completely changing his Twitter bio, removing all things about the Jaguars.
Stay Tuned....— Will Blackmon (@willblackmon) February 26, 2015
Blackmon originally caught on with the Jaguars in the 2013 season, after he was released by the Seattle Seahawks. He made an instant impact with the team as a nickel corner, even filling in on the outside due to some injuries and earned himself a new two-year deal last offseason.
Blackmon was doing well again this season until a broken finger sidelined him for the final eight games. With the emergence of both Demetrius McCray and Aaron Colvin, as well as some of the other talented youth in the Jaguars secondary, the move isn't a big time shocker, but it is a bit of a surprise.
The move to release Blackmon now is likely to give him the ability to catch on with another team early in free agency, which I have no doubt he will. Releasing Blackmon will save the Jaguars roughly $900,000 on the cap, so it clearly wasn't a cap move.
It always stinks losing guys like Blackmon, who earns fan's respect with his on field play as well as being very interactive with fans over social media and in the community.