The Jacksonville Jaguars youth movement continued on Thursday as they released former Pro Bowl special teamer and running back Montell Owens.
Owens has been with the Jaguars since he made the team in 2006 as an undrafted rookie and made his mark as one of the best special teams players in the league over the past couple of seasons. He made two Pro Bowl’s as a special teamer and holds the Jaguars franchise record for most tackles on special teams.
Unfortunately for Owens, on a rebuilding team like the Jaguars special teams is a spot that is going to be reserved for the plethora of young players looking to make an impact early in their careers. At 29-years-old and coming off of a knee injury, Owens was carrying a salary of $2 million which seems like sort of a luxury the Jaguars could not afford for a guy who would only be playing special teams.
Owens was also falling down the depth chart in the Jaguars backfield despite the fact that he got starts at running back last season due to injuries. At running back, the Jaguars added Justin Forsett and Denard Robinson to a healthy Maurice Jones-Drew. Owens also saw time at fullback, but the Jaguars appear to be high on undrafted rookie Lonnie Pryor as a replacement for the departed Greg Jones.
The Jaguars also released offensive tackle Jeff Nady following practice this week. The Jaguars have signed center Dan Gerberry who has ties to Jaguars offensive line coach George Yarno from his time with the Detroit Lions. Their roster currently stands at 89 players, for now the Jaguars are leaving one roster spot open.
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