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Jaguars release Aaron Kampman

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Defensive end Aaron Kampman’s injury-ravaged stay in Jacksonville has come to an end.

The Jaguars announced that they released Kampman on Thursday. The move isn’t surprising. Kampman hasn’t been able to practice at all this offseason and wasn’t going to be able to get on the field until training camp was already underway, which doesn’t really work when you’re set to make $4.975 million in 2012.

Kampman was coming off a torn ACL when he signed a four-year deal with the Jags before the 2010 season and then tore the ACL in his other knee after eight games. He played three games last season before learning that he would miss the rest of the season because he needed another operation to clean out the knee. Overall, Kampman had four sacks in 11 games for the Jaguars which is far less than they hoped to get from a player who had 54 of them in eight generally healthy years with Green Bay.

The Jaguars will move forward with Jeremy Mincey, Terrance Knighton, Tyson Alualu and second-round pick Andre Branch on the defensive line this season. Kampman will need to get healthy to get a shot with another team.

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  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 7, 2012 4:31 PM

    What a waste of good money. He was supposed to be one of the biggest free agent acquisitions that year. He only managed 4 sacks.

    It’d be interesting to see if he ended up back in Green Bay as a role player.

  2. theslex says: Jun 7, 2012 4:33 PM

    That’s sad to hear. AK74 was a great teammate in Green Bay. Kept his mouth shut, let his play do the talking. Hopefully he can catch on with another franchise and produce a few more productive (and healthy) seasons.

    If not, he’s still a Packer for life.

  3. dpranker says: Jun 7, 2012 4:38 PM

    That’s a shame, he was always a class act wherever he went. Good luck in your future NFL endeavors AK!

  4. therockstarchef says: Jun 7, 2012 4:44 PM

    so Alualu is now a DE?! nice fact checking hombre. Tyson is the starting DT next to potroast… try Mincey, Chick, Branch, Lane as our top 4 DEs.

  5. mtheparrothead says: Jun 7, 2012 4:45 PM

    On the bright side, if branch is even decent this is still a great d line. Sucks lamp man couldn’t get it working here. Good luck.

  6. lionsmark09 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:52 PM

    He would have plenty of time to recover in a Lions jersey. We love DEs!!

  7. dumbolt says: Jun 7, 2012 4:56 PM

    reggie mckenzie knows him well…just saying

  8. fonetiklee says: Jun 7, 2012 5:10 PM

    Some teams just know when to cut a guy loose at the right time. Packers, Steelers, Patriots, Eagles… when are other teams gonna learn to stop picking up their castoffs?

  9. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 7, 2012 5:39 PM

    lionsmark09 says:
    Jun 7, 2012 4:52 PM
    He would have plenty of time to recover in a Lions jersey. We love DEs!!

    _________________________

    Like Avril?

  10. jimmysee says: Jun 7, 2012 5:43 PM

    Hope Aaron can sign for a day and retire a Packer!

    Thanks, Aaron, for the great years!

  11. toolkien says: Jun 7, 2012 6:08 PM

    He would have plenty of time to recover in a Lions jersey. We love DEs!!

    —————————————-

    I don’t think he wants to have to commit a crime to qualify for a Lions’ jersey.

  12. EJ says: Jun 7, 2012 6:42 PM

    Aaron Kampman has come into some real bad luck lately, Its terrible. While in Green Bay he had some pretty solid seasons, since leaving not one but two injuries both ACL’s…
    Something tells me he should of never left Wisconsin.

  13. tangysizzl says: Jun 7, 2012 7:02 PM

    Well at least he can take the 4.975 million he was going to make as his one time termination pay, thats a nice consolation prize.

    Always liked Kampman hes a good guy and was good player for the Pack. He came into the league out of Iowa as a 5th round pick, played 8 seasons and tallied 54 sacks and when he left in FA GB got a 4th round comp pick for him.

  14. beedubyatoo says: Jun 7, 2012 7:39 PM

    Ask the people in that little town in Iowa where he was raised what they think of Kampman. When the city was devastated by a tornado, Aaron was there with his sweat and $$$. He’s a home town hero. And he’ll always be a hero in Green Bay.

  15. vikescry1 says: Jun 7, 2012 8:41 PM

    thats to bad, good luck kampman

  16. rollteal says: Jun 7, 2012 8:58 PM

    AK really good guy I wish it would have worked out better here for him in Jacksonville and being a Jaguar.

  17. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jun 7, 2012 9:46 PM

    At some point, most players’ bodies reach a point where it can’t take anymore punishment. Unfortunately, it looks like this guy’s knees just can’t take it. Maybe he should retire…walk away while he still can.

  18. kahnsbushymustache says: Jun 7, 2012 10:11 PM

    What a shame – his son was in my son’s first grade class, and Aaron was both a great father and great person. While he was rehabbing his knee injury, he taught leadership classes at a local high school. Too bad the knee injuries are going to keep such a good character man off this team.

  19. darthhitman77 says: Jun 8, 2012 7:42 AM

    bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 7, 2012 5:39 PM

    lionsmark09 says:
    Jun 7, 2012 4:52 PM
    He would have plenty of time to recover in a Lions jersey. We love DEs!!

    _________________________

    Like Avril?

    =======================================

    Considering Avril has had 1 awesome year and is nowhere near the top play at his position *WHY* exactly should he be paid as if he is again? Let’s look at your stain ER, squad, Forte was over 80% of your offense and is in the discussion of best RBs in the game [unlike Avril] all while not demanding top position pay…and what does the bears do to in return? They take PR shots at him and talk about his knees and how they’re in fear he wont hold up. Ever think he belives perhaps Cutler will never be a real QB and since he’ll never win a ring in Chitcago he might as well get paid there? OH YEAH, there’s one other difference, you’d NEVER say “Okay, see ya Matt” and turn your backs where as with Avril, Lewand and Mayhew will NOT bend.

    Sad, really, when you consider Urlacher, peppers and Briggs are all getting up there…and this could very well be Urlacher’s last year in Chitcago, as he has to know be it money or chances at a ring, the chances of getting EITHER are greater outside of Chitcago. Keep hating son, keep hating. Difference between the bears and the Lions? Our window just cracked open…yours is just open a crack

  20. dukemarc says: Jun 8, 2012 11:46 AM

    The Packers moved on from Kampman because he couldn’t play 3-4 LB in Capers defense. He was a great 4-3 DE though. Hopefully, he can catch on somewhere but I wouldn’t expect that to be in Green Bay.

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