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Jaguars Release CB Shaquill Griffin

The Jaguars have released their biggest free-agent signing from the 2021 class.

The Jacksonville Jaguars continued to make the necessary moves before March 15, officially releasing cornerback Shaquill Griffin on Wednesday. 

Griffin's release was first reported by Jordan Schultz of The Score. Griffin's release comes two days after both the Jaguars franchise-tagged Evan Engram and Calvin Ridley's reinstatement became official.

Griffin, who the Jaguars signed to a three-year, $40 million contract with $29 million guaranteed in 2021, started five games for the Jaguars in 2022, missing every game after Week 6 due to a back injury. 

"Right now he's just rehabbing you know and hopefully you know -- Shaq came into the season with a bad back at I forget what week it was when he irritated it. Never got completely healthy," Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke said last week at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"Then obviously at some point later in the season, had to, I think it was after the Colts game, if I'm not mistaken, had to take a step back and had to go in and have the surgery done. So right now he's just in the rehab phase."

Griffin's release saves the Jaguars $13,147,055 and ensures the team will have more breathing room following several new additions to the cap. Along with Griffin's release, the Jaguars have also extended Roy Robertson-Harris, C.J. Beathard, and JaMycal Hasty, along with restructuring Zay Jones, Christian Kirk, Brandon Scherff, and Foyesade Oluokun.

Griffin appeared and started in 19 games for the Jaguars, recording 78 tackles, three tackles for loss, 11 pass deflections, and one forced fumble.