Jaguars’ Rashaan Melvin Opts Out

Jaguars cornerback Rashaan Melvin has opted out of the 2020 season, according to Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). With three hours to go before the NFL’s deadline, more than 60 players have opted out.

Melvin, a veteran who has spent time with eight different teams, joined the Jaguars in free agency after spending 2019 with the Lions. His one-year deal – worth $2.25MM – will toll in 2021.

The former UDFA started 12 games for Detroit last year. In Jacksonville, he was set to start opposite of D.J. Hayden in the club’s new-look secondary. With Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye playing elsewhere, the Jaguars will need first-round pick C.J. Henderson to get up to speed fast.

Melvin’s best season came with the Colts in 2017 and some weren’t sold on the Jaguars’ signing of him in March. Still, they’ll be worse off without him, and they only have a matter of weeks to explore out-of-house options.

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4 comments on “Jaguars’ Rashaan Melvin Opts Out

  1. wagner13

    There’s no way Hayden starts on the outside. He’s a nickelback through and through. Henderson was set to start on the outside from the get-go IMO

  2. frank costanza

    He sucks anyway. These players are being fed false information by the media. You don’t play you don’t get paid and it’s a year that you lose to your eligibility. All these opting out are fools!

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