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Report: Jags to decline DT Dareus’ $19.5M option

Field Level Media

February 25, 2020 at 1:54 am.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will decline defensive tackle Marcell Dareus’ $19.5 million option for the 2020 season, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

Rapoport added that the Jaguars will also decline linebacker Jake Ryan’s $5.5 million option for 2020.

Dareus, who turns 30 next month, played only six games in 2019 before landing on injured reserve on Oct. 25. He underwent core muscle surgery and finished the year with 13 tackles and a half-sack.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection (2013, 2014) has 365 tackles and 37.5 sacks in 121 games (107 starts) with the Buffalo Bills (2011-17) and Jaguars (2017-19).

Buffalo drafted Dareus in the first round (third overall) in 2011 and traded him to Jacksonville on Oct. 28, 2017, for a 2018 sixth-round draft pick.

Ryan, who turns 28 on Thursday, joined the Jaguars on a two-year, $7.5 million deal last March but played in just two games in 2019, primarily on special teams, while battling a variety of injuries. He missed the entire 2018 campaign due to a torn ACL.

Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round in 2015, Ryan has 213 career tackles in 45 games (27 starts).