The Jaguars have exercised team options for two of their veteran players, the team announced via social media today. Wide receiver Chris Conley and safety Jarrod Wilson will remain with the team at least through 2020 and 2021, respectively.
After signing a two-year $4,595,000 contract with $1M guaranteed at signing during the 2019 free agency period, Conley exceeded all expectations. After playing in all 16 games Conley generated career-high marks in receptions (47) and receiving yards (775), along with tying a career-high in touchdowns (5). Conley quickly developed a rapport with rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II to become the team’s number two receiver behind DJ Chark Jr.
Conley’s option will guarantee $1M of his $2M base salary for the 2020 season, the final year of his deal.
Wilson, originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2016, signed a three-year contract extension in January of 2019. The deal worth ~$6.1M with $1.45M guaranteed at signing illustrated the team’s belief in him to become a fixture in Jacksonville. Wilson went on to start all 16 games for the Jaguars accumulating 79 tackles, four passes defensed, and two interceptions on the year.
Wilson’s option is worth $750,000 for both the 2020, and 2021 seasons. Wilson’s contract also includes workout bonuses of $50,000 for each year of his deal and the safety can earn an additional $1.75M in playtime escalators during the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
The Jaguars had to make a decision on both player’s options by the 25th of February, and now both Conley and Wilson appear to be fixtures with the team at least during the 2020 season for the veteran wide receiver and presumably 2021 for Wilson.
The Jaguars will have yet another decision to make regarding defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and his option for 2020. If the team decides to decline the veteran defensive tackle’s option, the Jaguars will receiver upwards to $20M in cap savings as they enter the new league year.