Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith has joined cornerback Jalen Ramsey in skipping voluntary workouts this past week, however unlike Ramsey, Smith has already received a new contract and is right in the meat of it. It’s a bit peculiar that Smith is in attendance and was called out by VP Tom Coughlin. Jimmy Siettmann wrote earlier this week that the Jaguars shouldn’t trade Smith, but could he be on the trading block?
8. Two more veteran names I know teams are monitoring as potential trade targets (and this is not saying they’re on the block … yet): Jaguars LB Telvin Smith and Broncos CB Chris Harris. The former was absent from the start of Jacksonville’s offseason program, and subsequently called out by EVP Tom Coughlin. The latter isn’t happy with his contract. He’s on the books for $7.9 million for the 2019-20 season, his walk year, a significantly lower rate than what his new teammate Kareem Jackson (3 years, $33 million) just got, something he’s said to have taken note of.
Personally, I don’t think the Jaguars move on from Smith this season. Cutting him prior to June 1 would cost more in dead money than his cap hit and cutting him after or trading him only saves you about $4.5 million in cap room.
What kind of return would you get for a player like Smith, anyway?
Sure, Smith made the Pro Bowl and was second-team All Pro in 2017, but overall his play has been very up and down, coming off a down season in 2018. Not only that, but he’s a very limited defender in that he’s a weakside linebacker only. He wouldn’t hold up inside at the middle and isn’t a fit at all at strongside. How many teams are on the lookout for an undersized WLB-only? If they are, what are they going to give up for it?
As mentioned, I think Smith plays out 2019 with the Jaguars and then the team makes a decision, but perhaps it’s something to watch on draft weekend.