Telvin Smith restructures deal with Jaguars

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The Jaguars cleared about $10 million in cap space on Tuesday when they released wide receiver Allen Hurns and tight end Marcedes Lewis and they opened up some more room with a contract machination involving linebacker Telvin Smith.

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the team has restructured Smith’s deal by converting a roster bonus into a signing bonus. The $8 million payout still went to Smith as scheduled, but will now be spread over the life of his contract.

The Jaguars gained $6 million in 2018 cap space as a result of the move and the NFLPA had them at just under $12 million on Tuesday. Smith is signed through 2021 and his cap numbers will now be north of $12 million each year.

Smith was named a second-team All-Pro for the 2017 season. He had 102 tackles, three interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble in 14 regular season starts. He added 35 tackles and a forced fumble in three playoff outings.

5 responses to “Telvin Smith restructures deal with Jaguars

  1. Finally the Jags have someone smarter than a rock in the front office. Bringing Coughlin back was a terrific move. I’m sure he’s behind a lot of these moves–if not all of them. Caldwell can have his “GM” title but he’s incompetent. Coughlin, while he may grate on players as a coach, knows football and he wants to win. He should have been their MVP this past season.

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