Jaguars save $6.2 million in cap space by releasing Dawan Landry, Aaron Ross

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

The Jacksonville Jaguars are giving their secondary a makeover under first-year head coach Gus Bradley.

Earlier this week, the club informed longtime cornerback Rashean Mathis that he would not offered a contract to return in 2013 and, on Friday, the team announced that they had released veteran safety Dawan Landry and cornerback Aaron Ross.

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Landry joined the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in 2011, signing a five-year, $27.5 million contract that included $10.5 million in guaranteed money after the lockout. Landry started 32 games for the Jaguars, totaling 197 tackles, three interceptions and a share of sack. The 30-year-old missed just two snaps in 2012 and was scheduled to earn $5.35 million in base salary and his release saves the team $2.8 million in cap room.

Ross was also a free agent addition, signing a three-year, $9.75 million contract with the Jaguars on March 21, 2012. That deal included $2 million in guaranteed money, all of which was paid last season. In 14 games, including nine starts, Ross logged around 60 percent of the defensive snaps and had 46 tackles and three passes defensed. Ross' release is not surprising as he was scheduled to receive a $1.5 million roster bonus on March 16.

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By releasing Landry and Ross, the Jaguars save $9.15 million in cash and $6.217 million in salary cap space, which leaves them with approximately $34.4 million of cap room entering the new league year.

With Mathis and Derek Cox unrestricted free agents, and Landry and Ross released, none of the five remaining defensive backs on the Jaguars' roster had a playing-time percentage over 60 percent last season.

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