By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
May 9, 2019
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Jacksonville Jaguars and former Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith says he will sit out the 2019 NFL season, posting the news on his personal Instagram account.
This comes after Smith skipped voluntary workouts this spring and was publicly called out by Jaguars EVP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin.
Smith was drafted by Jacksonville in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft fresh off the Seminoles’ 2013 BCS National Championship. Despite being considered “undersized” by some draft experts, Smith immediately proved his worth registering 100+ tackles every season of his career and eventually being named an Pro Bowler and a second-team All Pro in 2017 when the Jags reached the AFC Championship.
In the 2017 season, Smith signed a four-year, $45.05 million extension to stay in Jacksonville. He was also voted to the Pro Bowl that season.
Last year, Smith recorded 134 tackles (100 solo), a team-best, and forced a fumble.
Tad Dickman, a PR representative for the Jaguars, tweeted this statement from the team in response to Smith's announcement:
Statement from the @Jaguars:— Tad Dickman (@TDickman89) May 9, 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.”