The Detroit Lions need a talent injection at linebacker, and the now-available Myles Jack looks like a nice possible fit.
After breaking open the vault with reported free agent deals on Monday, the Jacksonville Jaguars are going the other direction Tuesday. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, they will release linebacker Myles Jack.
Jack led the Jaguars in tackles last season with 108, and he also topped 100 tackles in 2018 (107) and 2020 (118). But with Jacksonville agreeing to sign former Falcons linebacker Foyesade Oluokun, the former second-round pick became expendable with the ability to clear over $8 million in cap space (with $4.8 million in dead money, according to Over the Cap).
Jack notably had no sacks, interceptions of pass breakups last season. But a bad Jaguars’ team dragged everyone down, so it’s hard to say what should be taken from that lack of impact plays. For what it’s worth Pro Football Focus ranked him 77th out of 87 qualifying linebackers in 2021.
Myles Jack could be a nice fit for the Detroit Lions
The Lions defense needs a talent injection across the board. At inside linebacker, they’ve re-signed Alex Anzalone while fellow UFA Jalen Reeves-Maybin remains unsigned. Derrick Barnes may be in line for a bigger role next season, but more is needed. The draft will offer some options, but adding some experience might be nice.
Jack’s value is likely at its bottom, and being released by the lowly Jaguars is a sure sign of that. But it’s also easy to question any and every move made by general manager Trent Baalke, and Jack is still only 26 years old (27 in September). He should have no trouble finding a new team on the open market, even if he has to settle for a fairly cheap and short contract.
With or without both Anzalone and Reeves-Maybin being brought back, and at this point Reeves-Maybin might not be back, the Lions’ group of interior linebackers is screaming for upgrades. Jack certainly fits that bill, and their interest in him should come easily.