Jaguars release DE Jared Odrick

EAST RUTHERFORD NJ- DECEMBER 01 Jared Odrick #98 of the Miami Dolphins in action against the New York Jets during their game at Met Life Stadium

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Jared Odrick has been released by the team ahead of free agency and will immediately become a free agent.

The 29-year-old was two years into what was billed as a five-year, $42.5 million deal. In 2015, opposing teams averaged just 1.9 yards per carry when running in his direction, per Football Outsiders' Almanac, and Odrick notched 5.5 sacks.

After a promising first season in Jacksonville, Odrick's production slipped in 2016 while he was dealing with an elbow injury.


The Jaguars signed Odrick to play a specific role in Gus Bradley's defense, but with Bradley gone and a shift in defensive schemes imminent, Odrick no longer fits. He was set to count $8.5 million against the cap next season, and with no penalty for his release the Jaguars get that money back to spend this offseason.

Judging by his body language in the Instagram post, Odrick is not devastated by the Jaguars' decision to release him.

Odrick loses out on his $6.5 million base salary in 2017, but he doesn't seem to mind. He appeared in 22 games over two seasons, missing most of a year ago because of a shoulder injury. Odrick has the versatility to play inside or outside, which enhances his appeal.

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