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Jaguars moving on without Rashean Mathis

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When the Jaguars enter a new era, they’ll be doing it without long-time cornerback Rashean Mathis.

According to Ryan O’Halloran on the Florida Times-Union, Mathis was told the team would not offer him a new contract. That means the 32-year-old corner will enter the unrestricted free agent market.

Jags general manager Dave Caldwell broke the news to Mathis in a phone conversation Tuesday.

“It was a difficult decision because he’s done so many things not only for the team but the community,” Caldwell said after a fan event at EverBank Field.

A second-round pick in 2003, Mathis intercepted 30 passes in 137 games, but hasn’t been healthy lately. He missed 11 games the last two years because of knee injuries, and only started four games last year.

Between his health and age, it’s hard to know if anyone will take a chance on him, considering his value was probably higher in Jacksonville than it was anywhere else.

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14 Responses to “Jaguars moving on without Rashean Mathis”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 5, 2013 8:35 PM

    Shean gets an early start in becoming a head coach in the league.

  2. gerard33 says: Mar 5, 2013 8:41 PM

    To me, he was the face of the franchise for 10 years. Not a jags fan, but I was always a fan of their in-your-face defensive style, usually led by Mathis

  3. Sackville Rc says: Mar 5, 2013 8:42 PM

    They should try moving on without Gabbert. They need to get away from each other.

  4. staugjag says: Mar 5, 2013 8:45 PM

    He was good in his prime but dont think he has anything left he should go ahead and retire as a jag. Thanks for being a good man rasheen.

  5. jagsandliquor says: Mar 5, 2013 8:56 PM

    Thanks for personally beating the Steelers in the 2007 playoffs…don’t mention the garrard scramble.

  6. jasndc75 says: Mar 5, 2013 9:15 PM

    He seems like exactly the type of vet to end up with the Patriots

  7. tdubdizzle says: Mar 5, 2013 9:20 PM

    If he has anything left he should come to the Raiders. We need all the help we can get!

  8. ji536994 says: Mar 5, 2013 9:21 PM

    A class act, and a true professional. Hopefully he stays involved in the team and city on some level.

  9. emma333 says: Mar 5, 2013 9:29 PM

    What a great story you were Rashean, from Englewood High School, BCC..you were the true underdog. I wish you the best!

  10. adoombray says: Mar 5, 2013 9:48 PM

    In his prime he was one of the leagues best kept secrets in “the media doesn’t really care about” Jacksonville. What Ronde Barber has been to the Bucs defense, this guy was to the Jags.

  11. gmfw7 says: Mar 5, 2013 9:53 PM

    always liked mathis even though i don’t care much for the jags, and i hope he gets another chance with a new team. as an eagles fan, though, i get excited every time i read an article about a veteran DB hitting FA. with all the help we need in our secondary and with about $30 million in cap space (and possibly more) i would love to see the eagles sign 1 or 2 veteran corners (not for asomougha money—for average 2-3 year deals) and 1 of the veteran FA safties as well. if they can do that and use the 4th pick on dee milliner and another pick on a safety, since there seems to be some decent talent at safety in the draft, they could turn a major hole from last season into a strength this season. also would love to see them go hard after kruger as a prototypical 3-4 DE. could go a long way to turning that joke of a defense around

  12. bewaredware says: Mar 5, 2013 10:26 PM

    Great ball player, and person. Hope he rides off and retires a Jag.

  13. canadianbucsfan says: Mar 5, 2013 11:45 PM

    Might be an end to a good career for Mathis. Always was one of my favorite players on the jags.

  14. rollteal says: Mar 6, 2013 2:04 AM

    It’s a sad day to see him go. A lot of good memories. #27 #foreverteal

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