The Jacksonville Jaguars have made another significant move, as they released veteran cornerback Shaquill Griffin, according to NFL reporter Jordan Schultz. This comes after the team decided to place the franchise tag on tight end Evan Engram, which takes a big portion of their cap space.
Griffin, who missed the majority of last season due to injury, played in only five games for the Jaguars, leaving many fans forgetting that he was even on the roster.
Despite his limited playtime, Griffin’s performance on the field was lackluster, and it seemed inevitable that he would be released sooner rather than later. If the Jaguars do release him, it will save the team just over $13 million in cap space.
The Jaguars are clearing cap space in time to add wide receiver Calvin Ridley to the active roster after he was reinstated from a year-long suspension.
Griffin signed a three-year, $44.5 million contract with the Jaguars in March 2021, but finished his Jaguars career with zero interceptions in 19 games after signing the lucrative deal. Griffin was originally a third-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2017 NFL Draft.
It remains to be seen what the Jaguars will do with their newfound cap space, but it is clear that they are focused on building a competitive team for the future. The release of Griffin is just one of many moves the team will make in order to achieve this goal.