Jaguars release tight end Marcedes Lewis

Jaguars release tight end Marcedes Lewis

Ross Houston
March 21, 2018

He had 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 16.1 yards per catch in 2015.

Hurns future cap hits ($6.9 million in 2018, $7.9 million in 2019, and $9.5 million in 2020) aren't outrageous for a number 2 or 3 receiver, but Hurns hasn't produced at that level since signing the contract, partly due to bad quarterback play but also because of nagging injuries on the part of Hurns.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Moncrief will make almost $10 million guaranteed from the Jaguars in 2018, with the possibility of making another $2 million with incentives.

Hurns is the second big-name wide receiver Jacksonville has parted ways with this offseason, as they have earlier seen Allen Robinson leave via free agency.

Hurns was signed to a four-year, $40.05 million extension in 2016 that included $20 million guaranteed. The move comes almost a week after free agency began.

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. He crossed the century mark in only one game in 2017-18, a five-catch, 101-yard outing against the rival Indianapolis Colts in Week 8. It was thought to be a matter of when not if he was released when last week the Jaguars re-signed WR Marqise Lee and inked Donte Moncrief to a 1-year deal.

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis says he has been released after 12 seasons with the team.

The move is somewhat surprising as the Jaguars picked up the veteran's contract option for this season just a few weeks ago. His 375 receptions and 4,502 yards receiving both rank third in team history.

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