The Jacksonville Jaguars have reportedly informed veteran defensive tackle Malik Jackson that he will be released, according Josina Anderson.
I'm told #Jaguars DT Malik Jackson was been informed he will be released as early as today, per source.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 8, 2019
The move had been expected for quite some time, as the Jaguars needed to shed some cap room and save around $11 million in cap space from moving on.
The Jaguars originally added Jackson as an unrestricted free agent in 2016, signing him to a massive six-year, $85.5 million deal with $31.5 million guaranteed. Some thought that the Jaguars spent way too much on a player who was a rotational played with the Denver Broncos, but Jackson had an immediate impact with the Jaguars with his highest sack total of his career with 6.5 sacks and then making the Pro Bowl in 2017 after picking up another career high 8 sacks.
While Jackson’s play fell off in the 2018 season, he was still a good player on the Jaguars talented defensive line. He started losing snaps at the three-technique position to Marcell Dareus and later in the season rookie Taven Bryan. There is also some thought that Jackson played the season a little light in the pants and injured.
I would expect Jackson to have a nice market in free agency and feel that he is still a very good player who can help another team, his price tag was just way too high for the Jaguars given their cap situation.