As reported by Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars are releasing 2014 second round pick WR Marqise Lee. Lee became a productive receiver for Jacksonville starting in 2016 where he had 851 receiving yards, and then he followed that campaign with a 702 receiving yard season in 2017, but injuries would plague the former USC Trojan.
After signing a four year/$38 million contract extension in March of 2018, Lee would suffer a knee injury in the third week of the pre-season that would require season-ending surgery. That knee injury carried over into 2019 sidelining Lee for most of the season, which led to him only hauling in 3 receptions for 18 yards in 6 games.
Lee had a cap hit of $8.75 million for the 2020 season, so Jacksonville will save a little bit of money following this move.
After Lee’s release, the Jaguars still have a solid receiving corps highlighted by D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, and Chris Conley. I would not be surprised if Jacksonville adds to this group by selecting a receiver in the first or second round.
Marqise Lee will certainly have some suitors in free agency from teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys who will be looking to add depth to the wide receiver position. It may take a bit for Lee to find a landing spot, as teams will want to bring in the former Jaguar to see how his knee has progressed.