Last week, it was reported that veteran cornerback Darqueze Dennard would be signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, that wound up not being the case.
The Jaguars announced moments ago that the team could not come to a contractual agreement with Dennard. Therefore, instead of signing on for the next three years in Jacksonville, he is now once again an unrestricted free agent.
Situations like these don’t happen very often in the NFL; when a player is reportedly set to sign with a team, a deal is usually worked out eventually. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen either a player of organization pull out of a potential contract.
Just last year, the New York Jets seemed poised to sign linebacker Anthony Barr to a massive free agent deal. However, Barr backed out at the last minute to re-up with the Minnesota Vikings.
This just in from #Jaguars:
"CB Darqueze Dennard will not be signing with the Jaguars as the two sides could not come to an agreement on the final contract terms. He remains an unrestricted free agent."
— John Shipley (@_John_Shipley) March 26, 2020
A first-round draft pick out of Michigan State in 2013, Dennard spent the first six seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He played in 77 games, starting 24, while compiling 274 tackles, 22 passes defensed and three interceptions.
Dennard played in nine games last year, making five starts. He broke up five passes and made 37 tackles.
We’ll see where he turns to next on the open market.