Chris Clemons, playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars after following head coach Gus Bradley from the Seattle Seahawks, has been let go by the Jags, possibly bringing an end to his career.
Even though the Jacksonville Jaguars are in need of pass rushers this offseason, the Jaguars made the move to cut veteran Chris Clemons. He was signed back in March of 2014 and had two years left on his deal.
Clemons played for head coach Gus Bradley and assistant coach Todd Wash with the Seattle Seahawks and won a Super Bowl with them during the 2013 season. He started 8 games last season for the Jaguars and finished with 14 tackles and 3 sacks.
He had 11 sacks in 32 games during is Jaguars career. Clemons has been an offseason distraction the last two years because he was the only player to not regularly attend the voluntary off-season workouts. Clemons was scheduled to count $4 million against the cap, the Jaguars will now over 85 million under the cap.
Unfortunately, Chris Clemons’ glory days were behind him when he came over to the Jaguars. He looked a step slower than when he was a Seahawk and he didn’t quite fill the Leo pass rushing position as well as Bradley had hoped he would.
Clemons did manage to provide a veteran presence on a team of incredibly young players, however, and that arguably had value for the Jaguars. Clemons worked his way onto the Seahawks as an undrafted player and became one of the most fearsome pass rushers in the NFL during his time with them. Hopefully that drive and work ethic will have rubbed off on some of the younger players the Jaguars brought onto the team during his time there.
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It will be interesting to see if any teams end up signing Clemons, especially after a highly mediocre year in 2015.