Jacksonville Jaguars veteran linebacker Paul Posluszny is making the transition from middle linebacker to strong side linebacker this offseason, a move he called the most difficult of his career. Based on everything we know so far, the move has been a slow transition for him, which wasn’t unexpected, mainly because Poz says he’s not reading and reacting as fast as he needs to be.
But, is it possible for the transition to go slow enough to where Poz finds himself being cut from the roster? The 32-year old linebacker does carry a pretty big salary for someone who’s only going to be a part-time player at a position he has to make a transition to.
Recent, Mike DiRocco was asked who a surprise veteran cut for the Jaguars could be and he chose Poz. Here’s his reasoning:
Posluszny had one of the best seasons of his career in 2016, but he was moved to strongside linebacker -- a position he has never played -- to make room for second-year player Myles Jack in the middle. Posluszny was not happy about the move but is helping Jack with the adjustment. Posluszny might not be in danger of being cut, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the 32-year-old were traded closer to the season to a team that needs help inside. He will be a free agent in 2018. -- Michael DiRocco
First, in DiRocco’s defense, this was a round table discussion from ESPN for all of the NFL beat writers and they had to choose a veteran who could be considered a surprise. If you look at the Jaguars roster, players who fit that criteria consist of Paul Posluszny and .... and ... that’s about it. I could see an argument made for right tackle Jermey Parnell, but by all accounts the team likes him and he’s still slated to be the starter at right tackle.
Anyway, back to Poz, I could definitely see where if he struggles with the transition into the preseason he could be on the bubble. More likely than straight up being cut, I could see the team trying to shop him for a late round pick to a team who’s in need of help at middle linebacker in the short-term (*cough* Oakland *cough*). I still think the likelihood of that right now is slim as well.
The Jaguars have I think pretty good depth at the linebacker position, with or without Poz, but where the team is right now they’re not really in position to be cutting above average players just because.