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Report: Jaguars Close To Contract Decision On Star CB A.J. Bouye

Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye celebrates interception.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 27: A.J. Bouye #21 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates an interception during the game against the New York Jets at TIAA Bank Field on October 27, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

In 2017, A.J. Bouye was one of the top free agent cornerbacks in the nation. He quickly justified it with a Pro Bowl year in his first season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But after two down years, the Jaguars could be nearing a decision on what to do with the struggling corner.

According to Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports, the Jaguars are expected to cut the 28-year-old cornerback. The decision likely comes in an effort from the Jaguars to add some salary cap space. OverTheCap.com notes that the Jaguars are in the red in terms of cap space, and have Bouye's cap number at $15.4 million.

Bouye signed a five-year, $67.5 million deal with the Jaguars as a free agent in 2017 following four years with the Houston Texans. He would justify that fee with a career-high six interceptions and 18 passes defended in his first year. But in 2018 and 2019 he could not come close to that level of production.

As for potential destinations, Benjamin noted that the Philadelphia Eagles had interest in Bouye back in 2017. They very well may express interest again in 2020, according to Benjamin.

The Eagles are probably not the only team looking to acquire Bouye's services though. Despite his recent slump, Bouye is putting up respectable numbers for a starting NFL cornerback.

He may not be in line for an eight-digit payday, but he won't be looking for work long once free agency begins.

Where will A.J. Bouye play in 2020?