Jaguars To Release Marqise Lee

The Jaguars are releasing Marqise Lee, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. With that, the accomplished wide receiver will hit the open market just before the 2020 NFL Draft. The Jaguars will save $4.8MM by cutting Lee.

Lee signed a four-year, $38MM deal with the Jaguars in 2018 but did not do well to justify the team’s investment. A knee injury sidelined him for all of the ’18 season, and Lee battled ankle and shoulder injuries last season. The Jags placed him on IR. This cut was expected, but the team did Lee no favors by releasing him over a month after free agency’s outset.

The former Jags second-round pick caught just three passes last season. However, Lee was a reliable contributor in Jacksonville before his 2018 absence. He totaled 1,551 receiving yards between 2016-17, leading all Jags targets in that span. Despite the team still employing its GM and head coach from that span, it has parted ways with most of the talent responsible for the run to 2017’s AFC championship game.

While the Jags still feature D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley, they could be in the market for a wide receiver in the first round. Thanks to the Jalen Ramsey trade, the team holds two first-rounders. With the first of those picks coming at No. 9 overall, Jacksonville could be a landing spot for one of this draft’s top wide receivers. Barring another team trading in front of the Jags, they could be a threat to have their pick of the wideouts in this receiver-stacked draft.

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  1. jeremy

    so the jags dont want any wrs with talent? i get lee was hurt alot but damn. i woudnt mind the 49ers look at him

    • hOsEbEeLiOn

      DJ Chark was awesome last year.

      73 receptions, 1008 yards, 8 TDs. Came out of nowhere to be their #1.

      Chris Conley also quietly had a decent season. 47 receptions, 775 yards, 5 TDs.

      They have a decent guy in Dede Westbrook and drafting a receiver this year gives the Jaguars a pretty good core to work with.

      Tee Higgins would be my choice for the Jags.

    • mcmillankmm

      Was the right move for the Jags, saves them some cap space for a guy who was their WR3/4

    • OG_03

      If the 49ers don’t take a WR with 13, 31 (or presumably the 2nd/3rd round they trade one of those 1sts for) I think Lee makes a bunch of sense.
      Fair option to turn towards if they load up on OL and DL in the first round.

  2. I doubt any team will sign him this late in his career. He’ll be a perpetual free agent like Jordan Matthews

  3. bumpy93

    could be one of those low risk high reward type of signings. he will get a very cheap 1yr contract, so he’ll be Superman this year so he can get another decent deal in the spring of 2021. GOd I hope this doesn’t make JAcksonville draft a WR at #9 or #20 now!

  4. OCTraveler

    Would be a good pick up for clubs which have succeeded in reclamation projects – guess would have either Las Vegas or New England making a call.

  5. natsfan3437

    Should go to the Jets all he would have to beat out is Perriman and Crowder to be the #1.

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