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Shaquill Griffin “staying hopeful” about remaining with Jaguars

Dan Patrick and Doug Pederson discuss the past of the Jaguars and where they are going with Trevor Lawrence after being the worst team in the NFL to secure a playoff win.

Cornerback Shaquill Griffin signed a three-year contract to join the Jaguars as a free agent in 2021, but he’s not a sure thing to see out that deal.

A back injury limited Griffin to just five games before he had season-ending surgery and he expects to be cleared medically in the next few weeks. Passing a physical would open the door to the Jaguars cutting him, which would pare more than $13 million of his $17 million-plus cap hit off the cap this offseason.

The Jaguars could use that space, but Griffin hopes there will be a way to work out a return for a third season in Jacksonville.
“Right now, it’s kind of hard to say right now. I know I want to be here and kind of continue everything and get back healthy,” Griffin said, via Demetrius Harvey of the Florida Times-Union. “I want to have this year where I’m fully healthy and get a chance to prove everything that I have for this team and, shoot, for my career. We’ll see. I’m staying hopeful. I know at the end of the day it’s business. I know where my heart is; my heart is here. If we can make that work, we will.”

Griffin started all 14 games he played in his first season with the team and has 78 tackles and a forced fumble over the course of his entire Jaguars run.