We all knew the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to do some roster math this offseason to open up cap room, be it by cuts or restructures. The Jaguars got a start on that Wednesday morning when they agreed to restructure the contract of veteran defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
Source: Jaguars DT Marcel Dareus has agreed to a restructured contract, ensuring he will stay with the team for 2019. Dareus’ deal clears $5M in cap space for Jacksonville and his new base salary is $2.835M.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 27, 2019
Dareus was someone mentioned as a player who could potentially be on the cap chopping block this offseason, however it was also likely that he would agree to re-do his deal and bring his number down, rather than hit the open market in an offseason where the NFL Draft is loaded with defensive line talent.
The restructure clears $5 million in cap space for the Jaguars in the form of a roster bonus, which dumps is salary down to $2.83 million as Yates reported. Dareus had a roster bonus coming up on March 15, two days after the start of the new league year, and the team converted some of his salary into the guaranteed bonus to bring down his cap number.
Dareus originally joined the Jaguars mid-2017 from the Buffalo Bills for a conditional sixth-round draft pick.