Jaguars cut pass-rusher Chris Clemons, have load of cap room

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The Jaguars wanted to upgrade their pass-rush anyway, but now they’ve cut the last guy they tried to bring in to fix that problem.

Via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times Union, the Jaguars added defensive end Chris Clemons to the cut pile with guard Zane Beadles.

The two moves added $9.5 million in salary cap space to a pile that was already large, with more than $80 million in space. Jags General Manager Dave Caldwell balked at the suggestion it was going to be a spending spree, but they definitely need to find someone to chase quarterbacks.

The Jaguars signed Clemons two years ago thinking he’d be the missing piece, but he never replicated the success he had in Seattle. Clemons had just 11 sacks in 32 games.

He also wasn’t a regular participant in offseason work each of his two seasons there, and they used last year’s first-rounder on Dante Fowler as an ostensible replacement. But Fowler’s season-ending knee injury left a hole and he was able to hang around.

13 responses to “Jaguars cut pass-rusher Chris Clemons, have load of cap room

  1. They can nab Bruce Irvin with the money they saved from Beadles & Clemons. That isn’t even including the 80M they have left to spend.

    Jags FO doing a good job with contracts. Look out.

  2. Olivier Vernon, Bruce Irvin, Janoris Jenkins, and Alex Mack… Welcome to Jacksonville!

  3. You gotta think the JAGS will make a run at Von Miller or Muhammed Wilkerson, even with the compensation being so high. Not saying it will happen, but they were aggressive in their pursuit of Alex Mack.

  4. I wouldn’t break the bank to get Bruce Irvin. He’s too much of a tweener. An average DE and and an average outside LB. When Clemmons went down with a knee injury 4 years ago in the playoffs Irvin had to jump in he applied no pressure. Same thing happened when Avril went down with a concussion in the Super Bowl. Teams don’t have to double team Irvin.

    Plus, it doesn’t seem like any former Seahawk players have had success when they follow their old coordinators out of town.

  5. Jaguars are going to be a force in the coming years.

    Gus Bradley learned a lot watching the rebuild in Seattle and unlike the ownership in Cleveland, Jacksonville seems to understand that it takes time and flushing your coaching staff down the toilet every offseason is never going to gain you any ground.

    They have been a bad team for several years but they deserve some respect for trying to right the ship the right way. This includes letting over paid veterans go even when it’s a tough call.

  6. If they have $6 to spend, they could acquire the Great Gimmick from the Redskins. It might be more wise to spend that on a ham sammich.

  7. Clemons was literally STEALING from the Jaguars. Major head case, never showed for OTA’s, mini-camp, training camp, claiming all kinds of personal issues- didn’t help any of the rookies or lower-tier guys with technique and just collected a check. His career is OVER.

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