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Zane Beadles released by Jaguars after two seasons

The Jaguars will be releasing veteran offensive lineman Zane Beadles, in a move that most expected.

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Zane Beadles has been released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Beadles, 29, was the first major free agent signing by then new general manager Dave Caldwell during the 2014 offseason. He was signed with the intent to be a veteran presence on a Jaguars offensive line that needed to be rebuilt and fit in the team's zone blocking scheme, coming from a few nice seasons with the Denver Broncos, including a Pro Bowl season.

Beadles was originally signed to a five-year, $30 million deal with $12.45 million guaranteed to be an anchor on the Jaguars offensive line. His first season with the team took a few weeks to get things going, but he ended the 2014 year having an overall solid season and it was expected he would be even better the next year. Beadles didn't really improve and the team changed offensive coordinators and blocking schemes and if not for multiple injuries, Beadles likely would have been benched.

Releasing Beadles saves the Jaguars $5.5 million in cap room with zero dead money remaining, because the deal was structured in a way to essentially be a two-year deal with the following three years of the deal being like one-year contracts. The Jaguars now have two young guards in AJ Cann and Brandon Linder who have shown they're more than capable of playing at a high level, so Beadles would have been an expensive backup.