The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran defensive lineman Jared Odrick, according to his representing agency. The move was expected at some point prior to the start of the 2017 NFL offseason, as the team appears to be changing defensive schemes and have a log jam of similar players to Odrick.
#TeamDEC @JaredOdrick has been notified by @Jaguars he will be released today. Will immediately become a free agent.— DEC Management (@davidcanter) February 20, 2017
Odrick was set to carry an $8.5 million cap figure for the 2017 season with a $2 million roster bonus due on March 13. The release of Odrick will free up the full $8.5 million in salary cap space since he was released prior to that due date.
Originally signed in the 2015 NFL offseason to play the "big end" position for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Gus Bradley's defensive scheme to a five-year contract worth $42.5 million, the results were a bit hit or miss for him. Odrick had his good games and his bad games, but overall was an adequate player for what the Jaguars wanted out of the position he played within the scheme. He didn't garner the sack numbers people had hoped, but then again he wasn't really playing a role expected to generate him.