A surprise Jaguars cut earlier this year, Jarrod Wilson received walking papers from another team Thursday. After starting for the Jets in their Week 4 win, Wilson is now back in free agency.
The Jets released the sixth-year safety, doing so three weeks after signing him. The move interestingly comes not long after Marcus Maye suffered an injury that has him on track to miss a second straight game. Maye missed last week’s game due to the ankle ailment he suffered in Denver.
Wilson played 62 defensive snaps last week and served in a part-time role the week prior. The Jets activated safeties Ashtyn Davis and Sharrod Neasman from IR ahead of last week’s game but started Wilson and Adrian Colbert on their defensive back line. Colbert, who suffered a concussion against the Titans, has not practiced yet this week.
Wilson, 27, served primarily as a Jags backup during his first three seasons before breaking into a starting role in 2019. Given a three-year, $9MM deal ahead of that season, the Michigan alum started 28 games for Jacksonville over the past two years. But he did not stick with the team’s now-Urban Meyer-headed regime.
Some big names at wideout appear on this list, and the Jags also released former first-round pick Phillip Dorsett earlier Tuesday. Cooper is a former All-Pro kick returner who has held regular return gigs since that 2017 breakout. The fifth-year role player was the Cardinals’ primary return man in 2019 and filled the same role with the Panthers last season. Like Dorsett, Treadwell arrived as a first-round pick. But the former Vikings draftee has not been able to find steady footing in the league.
Jacksonville drafted Williams in the 2019 third round — two rounds after younger brother Quinnen went to the Jets — but the young linebacker did not start a game in 2020. Luton did, but the Oregon State product did not profile as a steady backup option. The Jags are going with Meyer-era investments Trevor Lawrenceand C.J. Beathard at QB. The Wilson move comes after the veteran safety operated as a Jags back-line starter for the past two seasons.
Conley, a 2015 third-round pick, spent his first four seasons with the Chiefs. He inked a deal with the Jaguars last offseason, and he proceeded to set career-highs across the board, finishing with 47 receptions for 775 receiving yards and five touchdowns. The option will keep him in Jacksonville through the 2020 season.
Wilson joined the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent back in 2016, and he’s emerged as a dependable starter for the organization. In 16 starts last season, the 26-year-old led the team in snaps played (1,186) and tackles (73). He also contributed a pair of interceptions and six passes defended. The option keeps him under contract through the 2021 campaign.
Here are the contract details on some of the NFL’s latest deals:
Larry Fitzgerald‘s new deal with the Cardinals includes a base salary of $11M plus incentives, a source tells Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The pact does not include a signing bonus, but he did manage to match his $11MM salary from 2018. That’s not a bad deal for the veteran wide receiver given his drop in production last season.
The Jaguars‘ three-year deal with safetyJarrod Wilson is worth $9MM, a source tells NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (Twitter link). The contract calls for a $1MM signing bonus, $1.5MM guaranteed, and up to $1.75MM in playtime incentives over the last two years of the deal. Prior to the new deal, he was slated to be a restricted free agent this offseason.
Seantrel Henderson‘s new one-year deal with the Texans can be worth up to $4.5MM, but much of that sum is tied to performance incentives, as Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets. He’s set to earn a base salary of $1.5MM with $1MM guaranteed, plus a $500K roster bonus in April and a $500K bonus if he’s on the 46-man roster for at least 12 games. He’ll also see a $2MM roster bonus paid out at a rate of $125K for every game he’s on the 46-man roster.
The Jaguars re-signed safety Jarrod Wilson to a three-year contract, according to a team announcement. Wilson was set to become a free agent this offseason, but the new deal will keep him under club control through the 2021 season.
Wilson first joined the Jags as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Since then, he has appeared in 47 games for Jacksonville, including two starts. The soon-to-be 25-year-old had 21 tackles, two pass deflections, and a forced fumble in 2018, all of which were career watermarks.
October 28th, 2018 at 9:42am CST by Andrew Ortenberg
Sunday, 9:42am: It appears that this situation will blow over. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets that Church was not actually arrested — Hayden, Wilson, and Harrison apparently were — but none of the four players were charged. London Police say the matter is “resolved.”
Rapoport says that the four men skipped out on a $64K bar tab, but that may have been due to a misunderstanding (video link). Apparently, expensive bottles of alcohol were being sent to their table, but they believed someone else was paying for them. They were therefore surprised when they were expected to pay.
In any event, it seems this incident will not have any impact on the team or the players moving forward.
Saturday, 9:15pm: The players arrested were Barry Church, D.J. Hayden, Jarrod Wilson, and Ronnie Harrison, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports (Twitter link). All four players are defensive backs, which could explain why the team was so reluctant to name them in their statement.
Jacksonville is already shorthanded in the secondary and can’t afford to be without both Church and Harrison, so they will almost certainly still play. Church, a safety, plays nearly every down while Harrison, also a safety, has seen his snaps increase in recent weeks. Hayden was already unlikely to play with an injury, and Wilson is a lightly-used special-teamer.
Saturday, 9:05pm: Online reports from British tabloids began circulating that four Jaguars players had been arrested ahead of Jacksonville’s game in London, and now the team is confirming those reports, according to James Palmer of NFL Network (Twitter link).
The Jaguars released a very brief statement acknowledging what happened, which reads as follows: “We are aware that four of our players were detained over restitution of a bill. The matter is being resolved and the players are with the team. Any discipline will be handled internally.”
The statement is very light on details, and it hasn’t been reported yet which four players were detained. The original report from the British paper said the players were confronted by security at a nightclub and accused of trying to avoid paying their tab. While the team is clearly being intentionally vague, we should know more details soon. At this point, it’s unclear if the players will still play in the game against the Eagles tomorrow.
No matter what happens, it’s an awful look for a club that’s been in disarray for weeks now, with the news breaking 12 hours before they’re set to kick off. The locker room has reportedly turned toxic, with multiple shouting matches breaking out after their most recent loss. Blake Bortles was benched and is now on a very short leash, and this is the last thing the team needs.
The NFL has made expanding the game into the London market a major focal point in recent years, and the league office will likely be outraged at the optics. While the Jaguars have said any discipline will be internal, commissioner Roger Goodell may disagree.