JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 13: Marcell Dareus #99 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs onto the … [+]
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars will not pick up the option of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. The deadline to pick up Dareus’ option is tomorrow. The move will clear up $20 million against the team’s 2020 salary cap according to the NFL Insider. Rapoport also is reporting that the team will decline the option of linebacker Jake Ryan that would have guaranteed $1 million of his $5.5 million base salary.
In February of 2019, Dareus signed a two-year $28,085,000 restructured contract with Jacksonville per Spotrac.com. The deal included a $5,000,000 signing bonus and an average salary of $14,042,500 with $7,835,000 guaranteed also per Spotrac.com. Last season, Dareus earned a base salary of $2,835,000 that included a signing bonus of $2,500,000 and a workout bonus of $250,000. His 2019 contract carried a cap hit of $5,585,000 and a dead cap value of $8,085,000.
CINCINNATI, OHIO – OCTOBER 20: Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Marcell … [+]
The Jaguars acquired the two-time Pro Bowler in a trade from the Bills in 2017 in exchange for a fifth-round pick (Wyatt Teller, 166thoverall) in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Bills drafted Dareus in the First Round (3rdoverall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
The 29-year-old Dareus started six games for the Jaguars in 2019. He had a total of eight tackles and 0.5 sacks. He took a pay cut in 2019 in order to avoid being a casualty of the salary cap. He could have earned the difference back in incentives but he was sidelined with a core muscle injury that required surgery and put his season to an end after Week 7 against the Bengals.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars signed Ryan as an unrestricted free agent in March of 2019. It was a two-year deal worth $7,500,000 according to Spotrac.com. The deal included a $500,000 signing bonus, an average salary of $3,750,000 and $1,000,000 guaranteed. In 2019, he earned a base salary of $1,000,000 and a signing bonus of $250,000. His contract carried a cap hit of $1,250,000 and a dead cap value of $1,000,000.
GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: Jake Ryan #47 of the Green Bay Packers in action during a game against … [+]
The Packers drafted Ryan out of the University of Michigan in the Fourth Round (129thoverall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. The Jaguars placed Ryan on reserve/injured on December 10th, 2019.
According to Spotrac.com, the Jaguars now have an adjusted salary cap of $209,840,114 and the team’s estimated cap space is $22,865,754.