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Jaguars cut starting guard Uche Nwaneri

Uche Nwaneri AP

Players released now get a bit of a jump on free agency, and the Jaguars have held the door open for one of their starters.

According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars have released starting guard Uche Nwaneri.

Nwaneri has dealt with knee issues in the past, but he played all 16 games last year.

He was scheduled to make $3.775 million this year, plus a $1 million roster bonus, so the Jaguars are saving some cap room with the move. But they’re among the league leaders in cap space (more than $60 million), so it’s hard to sell that as the reason.

He’ll turn 30 later this month, and should be able to find work if he can prove himself well.

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14 Responses to “Jaguars cut starting guard Uche Nwaneri”
  1. chc4 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:37 AM

    I’ve never heard of this guy but if he’s a warm body the Falcons should consider him.

  2. pftfannum1 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:37 AM

    House cleaning continues…? It will be interesting to see how Caldwell will fill all these holes. There are too many of them.

  3. mxplorer1 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:47 AM

    Cleveland a possible destination?

  4. christine5014 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:47 AM

    Great guy.. very intelligent and well spoken. I wish him well wherever he ends up. With better linemen around him he’d be fine I think. We have some line issues obviously so they needed to pretty much upgrade every position there and get younger.

  5. unitunite says: Mar 4, 2014 10:54 AM

    He had some good years in Duval pushing DTs for MJD. He’ll get picked up soon.

  6. jimmypx says: Mar 4, 2014 10:56 AM

    The Jags desperately need an upgrade at Guard and I suspect that they will go for one of the top FA Guards as well as draft one or two thus Nwaneri was cut loose.

  7. calibear831 says: Mar 4, 2014 11:05 AM

    Welcome to the Raiders!

  8. okeedokeesmokee says: Mar 4, 2014 11:11 AM

    Total interior line rebuild R&L Guards and a replacement for Center Brad Meester. 60+Million to spend. Nwaneri was a bad ass on the line and locker room motivator. He will find a job very soon. Hate to see him go but this may show their cards as to what they do with the 3rd pick in May. I still say when you see Shad Khans face when discussing QB Johnny Manziel how his eyes light up more than TB or BB,
    Johnny Jaguar is is the making!

  9. okeedokeesmokee says: Mar 4, 2014 11:22 AM

    Road grading WISH LIST for for new O-line.
    1-C-Mack, G-Schwartz, G-Beadles
    2-C-De La Puenta, G-Saffold, G-Wharton.
    OC-Jed Fische asked DC for some younger Gladiator Beast styled Lineman.
    These moves in the next weeks are going to be very exciting for real Jags fans.

  10. robigd says: Mar 4, 2014 11:22 AM

    Jesus, this guy hits a ton, how come no one else picked up on him? Alrght Eddie, that’s enough fastballs throw’em some breaking balls.

  11. crit76 says: Mar 4, 2014 11:31 AM

    Great guy, seven seasons with the Jags …would effectively play through injuries with no complaints or excuses. Very few (I can’t remember any) penalties for false start or holding.

    He’s also great in the community… always approachable whether in public or during open practices/OTAs. I guess at 30 he is too old for Dave Caldwell’s and Gus Bradley’s “blueprint” for the future…no secrets they’re going young.

    I’m glad for Uche’s benefit he was released now and not during the final cuts in August. Hope he finds a home with a contender…he’ll be an asset in any locker room.

  12. uwsptke says: Mar 4, 2014 1:13 PM

    Seems odd unless they have a young guy pegged for his role. Isn’t there a salary floor that these teams have to abide by before a certain date, or is it the aggregate of all NFL teams? With $60 mil in cap space, they’ve only spent 55% of their cap.

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 4, 2014 3:53 PM

    Playing for the Jags is a bit like Logan’s Run. Clock strikes midnight when you turn 30.

  14. jagmankane says: Mar 4, 2014 5:35 PM

    Saffold and Incognito and Mack.

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