While his team has plenty of cap room, the team’s new general manager isn’t automatically going to pay out for overpriced people.
Landry had a $6.7 million cap charge and was scheduled for a $5.4 million base salary this season. He was signed for three more years under a five-year, $27.5 million deal negotiated by former GM Gene Smith in 2011.
He played 16 games in each of his two seasons with Jacksonville collecting three interceptions, but didn’t qualify as a dynamic playmaker who warranted the salary.
An undrafted rookie, Antwon Blake, finished last season as Landry’s backup.
It’s not clear if the Jaguars think Blake or someone on the roster can start or if strong safety now qualifies as another need in Caldwell and Gus Bradley’s rebuild.
The bigger question right now is whether the move with Landry signals that more moves are coming.
Other too-expensive guys include linebacker Paul Posluszny, receiver Laurent Robinson, tight end Marcedes Lewis, guard Uche Nwaneri and cornerback Aaron Ross. I'd keep Posluszny and Nwaneri for sure. They may be overpaid, but they are among the team's best players right now.
There are not backups behind those guys who qualify yet as capable fill-ins. And one run through mid-range free agency and a draft can't fill all the Jaguars' needs, let alone the holes created with further moves.
But as Caldwell assesses his roster, making moves to get costs in line with production won't be a bad thing.