The Urban Meyer regime is now in full swing in Jacksonville, and it appears the Jaguars will not retain John Idzik Jr., who served as a special assistant to former general manager Dave Caldwell since 2015. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported the news.
Caldwell was fired in late November, and although the Jaguars are still looking for a new general manager, Idzik will not be with the organization moving forward.
Idzik was highly-regarded for his ability to work his magic with the team’s available cap space. In addition to salary cap management, Idzik would also help Caldwell with player evaluations, football administration and of course contract negotiations.
Some of the big name free agents brought in during Idzik’s tenure, which he played a big part in contract negotiations and structure, include defensive end Calais Campbell, defensive tackle Malik Jackson, cornerback A.J. Bouye, safety Barry Church, safety Tashaun Gipson, left guard Andrew Norwell and linebacker Joe Schobert, among others. Idzik also played a part in the various contract extensions the Jaguars have awarded during his time there, such as Myles Jack and Brandon Linder.
Prior to his time in Jacksonville, Idzik spent two seasons as general manager for the New York Jets in 2013 and 2014. He’s also held front office positions with the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.