Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Who's in; Who's Out

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Who's in; Who's Out

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The ax is coming for 11 Jaguars today, 10 if the team places tackle Leon Searcy on the injured-reserve list. If the players who are on the cut bubble are smart, they'll have a defense ready just in case the phone rings.

"I'm cheap," they should scream.

"And I'm young."

Those two qualities just may earn a player a roster spot, especially if the ability separation between two players is close. The Jaguars are moving into a cap-strapped situation next season, which makes young talent that doesn't cost a lot vital to the success of the team in the future.

Rookie linebacker Danny Clark is such a player. A seventh-round pick out of Illinois, Clark has done enough in the preseason to show that he can be a legitimate NFL linebacker and special-teams player. But best of all he's cheap.

Clark will count only $200,500 against the cap this season and $282,500 next season. For a team that is an expected $30 million to $35 million over next year's cap, low figures are important. By comparison, Brant Boyer has a cap figure of $691,700 this season and $891,700 next season.

This isn't to say that Boyer should -- or will -- get cut, because he is a valuable backup and special-teams player. But caponomics have a way of influencing decisions.

"You take those things into consideration, but it won't be the determining factor," Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said.

The Jaguars have 10 of their 11 draft picks still on the roster, with the other, tackle Joe Chutsz , on IR with a back injury. Of those left, four are locks. They are wide receiver R. Jay Soward (first round), guard Brad Meester (second), linebacker T.J. Slaughter (third) and cornerback Kiwaukee Thomas (fifth).

Safety Eric Olson has a good chance to make the team with the season-ending injury to Carnell Lake and the uncertain status of Blaine McElmurry, who is out with a hernia. …

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