The Jacksonville Jaguars are releasing receiver Allen Hurns and saving $7 million in 2018. Hurns will be a free agent and able to sign with any team that wants him.
His future had been in doubt for months, since Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole emerged late last season. Hurns really became expendable when the Jaguars signed two receivers last week, bringing back Marqise Lee and adding Donte Moncrief in free agency.
Hurns would have been behind Lee and Moncrief on the depth chart, and Jacksonville felt his salary was too high for a backup who has missed 11 games the last two seasons.
After the 2015 season, he signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension through 2020. After playing all but one game his first two seasons, he missed 11 games combined over the next seasons. He had 35 receptions for 477 yards and three touchdowns in 2016, and then 39 reception for 484 yards and two touchdowns this past season. He was due to have $4 million in full guarantees activate this offseason, and so the Jaguars decided to make their move.
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A strong market is expected for Hurns, according to Adam Schefter. The 49ers have solid options heading into the season, but Hurns could be an intriguing piece for competition’s sake.
Standing at 6-foot-3 and 201 pounds, Hurns is a red zone threat with reliable hands and big play ability. He excels after the catch. In 2017, Hurns had 178 yards after the catch. Considering his total yardage, 484, that number is solid. In 2015, Hurns had 332 yards after the catch, which was in the top 25 in the league among eligible receivers.
The Jaguars, who mounted an impressive run to the AFC title game, will return with a revamped group of wide receivers in 2018. Star Allen Robinson, who missed the majority of the 2017 season, left in free agency to sign a lucrative deal with the Bears. Meanwhile, it appears that new pickup Donte Moncrief will serve as the team’s No. 2 WR behind Marqise Lee as he replaces Hurns on the depth chart. New tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins also figures to see a lot of passes thrown in his direction.