Jacksonville has until February 15 to exercise the option, which is the 22nd day prior to the start of the 2017 league year.
By picking up Beachum’s option, the Jaguars would add four years to contract and $13 million guaranteed money.
As of now, DiRocco says that the Jaguars haven’t given any indication of which way they’re leaning, but Beachum doesn’t sound overly concerned about the situation, considering that they’re still sorting things out in regards to their front office.
“There’s still something internally they have to continue to handle before they get to taking care of the roster,” Beachum said. “I’ve been in this position before. I was in this position in Pittsburgh last year. I don’t take anything for granted. There are no guarantees. I’m going to do what I do, which is train and take care of my body, and make sure I can do everything I can do to put my best foot forward wherever I am next year.”
Beachum did, however, say that he would like to return to Jacksonville and is excited about the addition of Tom Coughlin.
Beachum, 27, is a former seventh-round pick of the Steelers back in 2012. He played four years for the Steelers before signing a one-year, $4.5 million contract that includes a four-year, $35 million option with the Jaguars as a free agent last year.
If the Jaguars do, in fact, exercise his option, Beachum would make $8.5 million in 2017 and another $9 million in 2018.
In 2016, Beachum appeared in 15 games for the Jaguars and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 63 offensive tackle out of 78 qualifying players.