Jaguars LB Telvin Smith shocked the NFL world last month when he announced he wouldn’t play football in 2019.
At the time, Smith’s statement said he “must take time away from the game and get my world in order” before adding that he needs to give “this time back to myself, my family and my health.”
On Saturday, Smith said on Instagram that the team fined him $88,650 for skipping the team’s mandatory minicamp this past week.
Smith wrote: “Oh y’all thght it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah **** you pay me!!! It’s still love!!”
Photo of Telvin Smith instagram post: pic.twitter.com/BPbUgvCWMy
— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) June 15, 2019
To be clear, the Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Smith can avoid future fines by filing retirement paperwork with the league. The team can then place him on the reserve/retired list, freeing up his roster spot and removing his salary cap hit. Smith is currently due to earn a base salary of $9.75M in 2019 ($5M fully guaranteed). He has three years remaining on his current deal, which averages $10M annually in base salary, per OverTheCap.
The Jagaurs released the following statement after Smith announced he would not play football in 2019:
“We will not have a comment about Telvin Smith’s statement at this time. We need to have a conversation with Telvin to understand the situation and the circumstances. If there is a way we can support him we need to understand that.”
Smith has spent his entire career in Jacksonville since being a 5th-round pick in 2014. Last season, he played in all 16 games and led the team with 134 tackles.
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