Jaguars release Montell Owens

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Owens joined the Jaguars in 2006 as an undrafted free agent.

In a bit of a surprise move, at least with the timing, the Jaguars have release fullback Montell Owens according to a report by Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

Owens, 29, joined the Jaguars in 2006 as an undrafted free agent and made the roster do to his play on special teams, where he has been a vital cog the past seven seasons. Owens made the Pro Bowl in 2010 and 2011 as a special teamer and was second on the team in rushing yards in 2012 after a rash of injuries at the running back position.

Owens ended his Jaguars career with 292 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 118 special teams tackles, which is a franchise record.

The emergence of Lonnie Pryor likely led to Owens released, as the team wasn't likely going to keep two fullbacks on the roster, especially with Owens $2.35 million cap hit.

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