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Dan Skuta doesn't exactly head the list of probable cuts this offseason, but is there a chance he leaves the team after one year?

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At this point, the Jaguars don't really seem eager to part ways with veteran linebacker Dan Skuta.

At the same time, the Otto linebacker position remains a hot topic -- one that is not immune to upgrade discussion.

The Jaguars will attempt to fortify their linebacker core at some point this offseason - this is almost a given. Still, even as the team makes an attempt to reinforce the roster with athleticism, Skuta seems almost like a lock to stick around -- if not as a starter, then as veteran depth.

Then again, should the Jaguars decide to go in a different, faster, more athletic direction, cutting Skuta would save the team about 3.6 million dollars in cap space, according to Over the Cap. First Coast News writer Mike Kaye wrote briefly about the move on Monday, though he labeled the probability of a move happening as "slim-to-none."

The truth is, Skuta didn't live up to expectations in his first year as a Jaguar. Skuta suffered from multiple injuries throughout the 2015 season, struggling to uncover opportunities to make a true impact.

In an offseason where the Jaguars will attempt to "fix" the defense, Skuta falls under the same category as fellow teammate Paul Posluszny -- linebacker positions where the Jaguars could stand to gain a little speed on passing downs.

What makes the Skuta situation even more interesting (to me, anyway) is that the Otto role is such a mysterious position. As the Jaguars prepare to place a new defensive coordinator at the helm, it'll be interesting to see how much value is placed in Otto responsibilities.

Skuta might not end up leaving Jacksonville, but it's an undercover storyline to keep track of nonetheless.