The Jacksonville Jaguars, always known for their savvy personnel moves, have released veteran defensive lineman Jared Odrick this weekend in order to save about $8.5 million in cap space. Odrick had signed a five-year, $42.5 million deal with Jacksonville in 2015, but after missing eight games with an elbow injury in 2016 the Jaguars decided to cut bait.
Odrick, apparently cosplaying as Jeffry from Virtua Fighter while on vacation in the Dominican Republic, posted this reaction photo of himself to Instagram after his release:
The 29-year old Odrick's real value is in his positional versatility. He can play at any spot along the defensive line at 6'5" and 304 pounds. We know how much Reggie McKenzie values versatility. With the Raiders giving substantial playing time to such luminaries as Denico Autry and Jihad Ward last season in the absence of Mario Edwards Jr., one wonders if they would consider taking a look at Odrick at this point. He certainly won't cost $42 million this time around, but he did lead the Jaguars with 5.5 sacks in 2015 and has been a solid player when healthy.
Judging by that Instagram photo, physical conditioning doesn't seem to be an issue for Odrick. He won't be out of work for long with free agency coming up very soon.