Jaguars Decline Options On WR Arrelious Benn & TE Mychal Rivera

Mike Kaye reports that the Jaguars have declined to pick up options on TE Mychal Rivera and WR Arrelious Benn for the 2018 season. This, of course, means that Rivera and Benn will be free agents in the coming weeks.

Earlier, the Jaguars exercised their team options TE Marcedes Lewis, OT Josh Wells and OL Tyler Shatley (NFLTR).

Benn, 29, is a former second-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2010. He spent three years with the Bucs before he traded to the Eagles back in 2013.

Unfortunately, Benn dealt with a number of injuries while in Philadelphia before he was released with an injury settlement at the start of the 2014 season. The Jaguars elected to sign him to a futures contract after the 2015 season and brought him back on a two-year, $1.765 million contract last year.

In 2017, Benn appeared in nine games for the Jaguars and caught one pass for 12 yards receiving and no touchdowns.

Rivera, 27, is a former sixth-round pick of the Raiders back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2.265 million rookie contract in Oakland before signing a two-year, $3.25 million deal with the Jaguars last year.

Rivera was set to make a base salary of $1.25 million for the 2018 season.

In 2016, Rivera appeared in 13 games for the Raiders and caught 18 passes for 192 yards receiving and one touchdown. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 33 tight end out of 64 qualifying players that season.

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