The Jaguars have released veteran linebacker Russell Allen and three other players, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. According to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, Allen failed a physical prior to his release. He suffered a concussion in December that proved season-ending.
Allen, 27, was the last remaining player on the roster added during the 2009 offseason, the first of Gene Smith's tenure as the general manager of the Jaguars. In five years with the team, Allen played in all but two games and became a full-time starter for the Jaguars in his final two seasons with the club.
During the 2014 season, Allen started in 13 games primarily at outside linebacker, although he filled in for Paul Posluszny at middle linebacker for one game. Allen played in a total of 78 games and made 44 starts.
He signed a three-year deal worth $6 million during the 2012 offseason and was due to make just under $2 million in his final season with the team before hitting free agency in 2015; however, he will instead become a free agent immediately following his release.