Dec 2, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross (31) runs to the field for warm-ups for the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars CB Aaron Ross Released

Dec 2, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross (31) on the sideline during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jaguars 34-18. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have released cornerback Aaron Ross after one underwhelming season.  Ross was brought in to compete with incumbent Rashean Mathis for the starting cornerback job last season.  Both Ross and Mathis (who the Jags are letting walk in free agency) ultimately lost the starting position to rookie Mike Harris toward the end of the year.  Ross was one of the many pieces that ex-GM Gene Smith brought in because the team believed they were just a couple of pieces away from being really competitive.

Ross posted three passes defended, was in on 48 tackles, and had zero interceptions in nine starts and 13 game appearances.  His inability to live up to his three year, $9.75 million contract makes him more than worthy of cutting before free agency.

The removals of Ross and of safety Dawan Landry earlier on Friday leave the Jaguars with just safeties Chris Prosinski and Dwight Lowery and cornerbacks Mike Harris and Kevin Rutland left.  With these moves, the Jaguars will likely be more active in free agency or risk starting very young secondary players from the draft and college free agency.

– Luke N. Sims

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