The Jaguars will eventually ink a deal with former Cleveland Browns linebacker Joe Shobert. With the new league year beginning today at 4 pm., team’s will officially be permitted to put pens to paper on the expected additions to their respective teams.
However, the league recently submitted a memo to teams prohibiting clubs from visiting with players in any capacity, which would prevent team’s from conducting important physicals for signings or trades.
PLAYER SIGNINGS: the NFL has prohibited clubs from announcing that the team has agreed to contract terms with a free agent until an NFL Player Contract has been executed, including a physical (see note above).— Tad Dickman (@TDickman89) March 18, 2020
Happy almost new league year!
This morning, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported Shobert’s deal as a five-year contract with $21.5 million of guaranteed money in the first two years. The deal includes a $12 million signing bonus with base salaries of $2.5 million in 2020 and $7 million in 2021. Each year also includes a $200,000 workout bonus and up to $300,000 in per-game roster bonuses.
As the Jaguars are wont to do, they’ve written up a fairly team-friendly deal with a potential out after the first two years. According to spotrac.com, Shobert’s 2020 cap hit will be $5,400,000 with cap hit in 2021 coming in at $9,900,000. There would be heavy repercussions for the Jaguars’ salary cap if he were to be released prior to 2022.
If the team decides to move on from Schobert after two seasons, the team will save $4,450,000 in 2022 with $7,200,000 in dead money (money already spent).
Also according to spotrac, the Jaguars currently are sitting at $23,404,754 in cap space, with former Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard still pending.
The Jaguars have routinely negotiated deals that are back-loaded, giving the team flexibility only a couple of seasons down the line. This appears to be no different.
Once signed, Schobert will add another element to the Jaguars defense which they have missed in recent years — flexibility. The team will have the ability to move players around and become more creative in coverage thanks to his coverage skills demonstrated while a member of the Browns. With an average salary of $10.75 million, Schobert ranks ninth overall for average salaries in the NFL.