Jaguars release defensive back Will Blackmon
The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran defensive back Will Blackmon on Thursday afternoon, a move which will give them close to $1 million in additional cap space when the NFL's free-agent signing period begins March 10.
Blackmon, 30, spent the last two seasons with the Jaguars but was placed on injured reserve Nov. 4 after fracturing a finger. He was used primarily as a fifth defensive back, a role which rookie Aaron Colvin filled after coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered before the Jaguars drafted him in the fourth round.
#Duval it's been real, I love you all to death. Great times on the field, in the community and definitely on Twitter!— Will Blackmon (@willblackmon) February 26, 2015
Blackmon was signed by the Jaguars toward the end of the 2013 preseason after he was cut by the Seattle Seahawks. He had 68 tackles and one interception in his 23 games with the Jaguars, and it was his touchdown on a 21-yard fumble return at Tennessee which clinched their first victory under coach Gus Bradley after an 0-8 start to the season.
Colvin is expected to join third-year pro Demetrius McCray as one of the Jaguars' starting cornerbacks in 2015, with Dwayne Gratz taking over the nickel spot.