Jaguars punter Nick Harris signed a new contract with the team in March. On Saturday, the team ripped it up and cut him loose, one day after using a third-round pick on Cal punter Bryan Anger.
“The plan is to work Bryan, but we will let [Lanning and Harris] go to . . . give them a chance to get picked up somewhere because teams will be looking pretty hard there,” coach Mike Mularkey said.
With the offseason roster limit now at 90, it’s a bit surprising that the Jags didn’t keep at least one guy around. Then again, punter is one of the truly interchangeable parts in the NFL. If Anger should tear an ACL or, say, drown while swimming drunk in an Indianapolis canal, the Jaguars will be able to find a replacement, quickly.
Of course, that reality makes the decision to use a third-round pick on a punter even more curious. But if Anger is good enough to tilt the field-position battle in Jacksonville’s direction, it ultimately will make plenty of sense.