Jaguars release Holt, Thomas, Meier

The Jacksonville Jaguars have released wide receiver Torry Holt, offensive lineman Tra Thomas and defensive lineman Rob Meier, the team announced today.

“After completing our postseason roster evaluation, we’ve made the decision in the best interest of the organization to release three veteran players with tremendous playing history in the league,” Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith said. “All three players have played 10 or more years in the NFL and have made a positive impact on the Jaguars organization. These decisions certainly weren’t easy ones, as Torry, Tra and Rob have over 350 starts between them and they still have the ability contribute for other teams in the league.”

We’ve known for a while that Holt and Thomas would be cut, and the release of Meier, who spent 2009 on injured reserve, is no surprise. Smith has made it clear that the Jaguars want to get younger.

“I think we’ve laid a good foundation and we just need to continue to build,” Smith said. “We feel a lot better about our roster heading into the 2010 season.”