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.