Report: Jags expected to release or trade CB Shaquill Griffin
Updated: Mar 6
After restructuring various veteran contracts and making some extensions, the Jacksonville Jaguars were able to get under the salary cap for the 2023 NFL offseason. However, it's been well documented that they could carve out even more space by parting ways with cornerback Shaquill Griffin, and on Thursday, fans got an update on his situation.
According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Jags are expected to release or trade the veteran in the coming days. If a release were to happen, the team would save $13.1 million, which would put them at $29.2 million in available cap space, according to Over the Cap.
Griffin has spent the last two seasons with the Jaguars after the team pick him up in free agency during the 2021 offseason. During his two seasons with the Jags, he accumulated 59 total tackles but wasn't able to reel in any interceptions with the team. Additionally, he was only able to participate in five games last season after sustaining a back injury in October against the Indianapolis Colts. That injury led to him being placed on injured reserve.
Griffin was targeted more in 2022, and when he went on injured reserve, he had allowed 22 completions on 33 targets for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Despite the absence of the veteran in the secondary, though, the Jags were able to make a run to the playoffs in 2022.
When factoring in Griffin's age (27) and experience, the veteran should have a good market if he's released. As for the Jags finding a replacement for Griffin, most expect them to look for a cornerback in the draft, or continue with Darius Williams, who held his own in his first year with the team.