During the offseason there was some thought that the Jacksonville Jaguars could look to either free agency or the NFL Draft to replace veteran middle linebacker Paul Posluszny. It was a combination of salary, injury history and Poz’s overall limited skillset in a pass-happy NFL, but the veteran ended up restructuring his contract and cutting his salary cap hit quite a bit.
It made sense at the time, but according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports it may have been a move to keep himself on the roster.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT: Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny said his belief in Bradley was a major reason he agreed to a restructured contract to stay in Jacksonville. Had he refused, there was a chance Posluszny would have gotten released.
So, at least according to Marvez, it appears as though the Jaguars were prepared to move on from the popular veteran had he refused a pay cut. This would lead me to believe this could end up being the final season for Posluszny unless he happens to have a stellar season. Though, there is something to be said for the fact that Poz believes in the head coach so much that he’s willing to take a pay cut.
As the resident Poz-hater, I do think he will actually have a productive season, numbers-wise. The way the defensive line is setup, they should be able to funnel runners to him and let him rack up the tackles.
Then again, the cynic could always say that Poz took a pay cut because it’s still more than he’d get on the free agent market.