The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran defensive end Chris Clemons, according to J.P. Shadrick of Jaguars.com.
DE Chris Clemons released #Jaguars— J.P. Shadrick (@jpshadrick) March 3, 2016
Clemons, 34, was originally signed by the Jaguars in the 2014 offseason after he was released by the Seattle Seahawks following their Super Bowl victory. The release of Clemons shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who follows the Jaguars closely, as it's clear his time with the team had run it's course.
Originally signed on a four-year deal worth $17.5 million, it was always in essence just a two-year deal at it's core. The release of Clemons saves the Jaguars $4 million in salary cap, which will bring their total salary cap room just just under $80 million, by far the most in the NFL.
Clemons was signed as a stop-gap LEO pass rusher and that's exactly what he was. In 32 games with the Jaguars over two seasons, he finished with just 11 sacks, but he was a nice addition for the 2014 season with his play significantly falling off in 2015 after skipping nearly all of voluntary workouts and part of training camp. The writing was on the wall for Clemons and it was obvious it would be his last season with the team.