The Jaguars will not offer cornerback Rashean Mathis a contract this year. Mathis confirmed the news on his twitter account last night.
General Manager David Caldwell made the announcement in response to a fan's inquiry at a Jaguars fan forum last night at the stadium. The forum was closed to the media but with fans in attendance the news spread quickly.
Mathis, who joined twitter last night, said he felt lucky to spend 10 years with his hometown team. Mathis said, "10 years. Wow what can I say but thank you. Thank you fans, community, and organization. It's been a blessed ride."
Mathis ends his career with the Jaguars as the team's all time leader in take aways (35) and interceptions (30). He played in 137 games (5th in team history) and started 129 (4th in team history).
Mathis, a Jacksonville native, played high school football at Englewood and went on to play college football at Bethune-Cookman where he was the Division II defensive player of the year. The Jaguars selected Mathis in the 2nd round in 2003. He was named to the All Pro team in 2006 and elected to the Pro Bowl in the same year.
Mathis also co-hosted the End Zone for four years on Channel 4 with Sports Director Sam Kouvaris. "It's unusual in our business but Rashean became a good friend of mine and he still is," Kouvaris said. "Rashean is a better guy than he is a player and considering he was an All Pro that gives us some kind of indication of what kind of person he is. He'll be successful in anything he wants to do."
Speculation in the league is that several teams will have an interest in signing Mathis and have him compete for a roster spot.