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Telvin Smith to Take 2019 Off

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith announced via Instagram today that he will not play football in 2019.

"At this time, I must take time away from this game [and] get my world in order," Smith said in his statement. "I must give this time back to myself, my family, [and] my health. I appreciate all the support I will [and] will not get."

Smith went on to say he was not requesting a trade, nor announcing his retirement.

Smith, who turned 28 last month, has started 60 out of 64 games for Jacksonville over the last four years, leading the team in tackles in 2017 and 2018. He made the Pro Bowl in 2017. It remains to be seen what effect this will have on Jacksonville's salary cap. Per Over The Cap, Smith is signed for three more seasons. He is due $9.8 million in salary this year, $10 million in 2020, and $10.3 million in 2021. Only $5 million of that, however, is guaranteed.

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