The Jacksonville Jaguars have the most available cap space in the NFL heading into 2021 free agency next month, with more than $77 million to sign players (assuming a salary cap of $180 million for each team). This gives the Jaguars plenty of ammo for their rebuild, led by new head coachUrban Meyer and likely No. 1 draft pick Trevor Lawrence.
With that in mind, here are three players who likely won't be on the Jaguars' roster in 2021.
1. Keelan Cole Sr., WR
Keenan Cole has played all four of his NFL seasons with the Jaguars after being an undrafted rookie in 2017. He had a solid first season with 748 yards but has failed to match that kind of production since. Still, the wideout produced in 2020 with 642 receiving yards and career highs of 55 receptions and 5 touchdowns. With Cole set to be a free agent and the Jaguars headed for a youth movement, re-signing the receiver might not make sense for Jacksonville.
2. Abry Jones, DT
Abry Jones was also an undrafted player, and has played for the Jaguars each year since 2013. However, he's headed for free agency too, and could be in a similar situation as Cole. With defensive line upgrades needed, the new staff will look to build with a younger core and more productive players, so Jones and his nearly $4 million annual salary won't fit into the team's plans.
3. D.J. Hayden, CB
Former first-round pick D.J. Hayden may find himself on the move this offseason as well. Hayden only played in five games in 2020 due to a hamstring injury that landed him on IR in October. With his three-year deal now up with the Jaguars, look for the 30-year-old to move on as Jacksonville undergoes a roster revamp.
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