The Jacksonville Jaguars will not re-sign cornerback Rashean Mathis, The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran reported. General manager Dave Caldwell informed Mathis of the team's plans late Tuesday.
"Believe it or not, I'm at peace with everything," Mathis said. "Playing in my hometown for 10 years and doing things the right way, I'm blessed to be able to say that. Could I ask for anything more than that being drafted out of Bethune-Cookman? Who would have drawn that up? No painter could have drawn that up."
Mathis played 10 years for the Jaguars and had been a starter since his rookie year. He earned a Pro Bowl in 2006, but will turn 33 years old in August and has missed 11 games due to injury the last two seasons. Mathis holds the franchise record with 30 interceptions.
With Mathis aging and the 30th-ranked pass defense, the Jags already were likely to target some cornerback help this offseason. Cornerback Derek Cox remains unsigned, though the team would like to bring him back.
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