One of the biggest celebrity cashouts of all time was Jared Odrick. He signed a six-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent in the spring of 2015. This move saved the Jags $8.5 million in cap space and gave him a chance to play a vital role in Gus Bradley’s defense.
Odrick was a solid performer in his rookie year, finishing with 41 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. In his first season as a full-time starter, he was also named the Big Ten’s most improved player, and was a member of the team’s All-Big Ten first team. However, his best statistical seasons came in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. A big reason why he did so well was because he was able to play the position inside and outside.
Odrick was selected in the 28th round of the 2010 NFL draft. As a result, he had a long career in the league, but his contributions were not as notable as his team’s recent fumbled attempts to sign veteran defensive end Ndamukong Suh.
The biggest accomplishment in Odrick’s career was being named the Big Ten’s most improved player. After a mediocre freshman season, he was awarded the starting job at defensive tackle, and he played a major role in helping the Nittany Lions to a national championship in 2006. Not only was he a major contributor on the field, but he also made the all-important media coverage. His blazing debut on HBO’s Ballers, where he was dubbed the biggest misfit in the room, drew raves and a standing ovation from the audience.
Despite his impressive debut, Odrick was cut in the summer of 2014, and was not re-signed by the Jaguars. The move was in part due to a failed physical designation and in part because he was not a good fit for the defense that coach Gus Bradley had been developing. Nevertheless, his presence at least gave the Jaguars some measure of stability and prevented them from taking a gamble on a high profile pass rusher like Ndamukong Suh. While it is unclear whether or not the Jaguars will ever re-sign Odrick, he is still a talented defensive end who could prove to be a factor in the team’s upcoming campaign.
As a former college football player, the number of major accolades Odrick has received is staggering. He was a Parade Magazine All-American, and the U.S. Army awarded him an All-American medal for his efforts in combat. For his efforts in college, he was a member of the First-Team All-Big Ten, a first-team All-American, and the top American Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, he earned a spot in the 2006 Big 33 Football Classic and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Besides his impressive accomplishments, Odrick is a likable personality, and he has made the most of his opportunities. When his time in the NFL is up, Odrick is likely to be a part of a re-tooling in the Oakland Raiders.