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The Jacksonville Jaguars closed the book on their Aaron Kampman bet when they released the defensive end 2 years after he confirmed a 4-year, $24 million contract with a $10 million signing compensation. Basketball betting lines

The Jaguars had decided to risk signing Kampman although he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Green Bay late in the 2009 season mainly because they were desperate for a real pass rusher.

Kampman, 32-year-old ranked 10th in the NFL in sacks from 2006 to 2010. He had 44.5 sacks in 64 games.

But he tore his other ACL in a practice in 2010 after playing 8 games for the Jaguars.

He struggled to make it back in 2011, played in only 3 games and was placed on hurt reserve with 5 games left.

“I wasn’t close to what I look at my level of play,” Kampman announced in March regarding his play last season.

He had surgery on his right knee in December, spent 6 weeks on crutches and usually was restricted to individual drills during arranged team activities. He passed his physical, but the Jaguars decided he was no longer in their plans.

General manager Gene Smith expounded, “With the re-signing of Jeremy Mincey and drafting of Andre Branch, with Austen Lane and John Chick coming off IR and George Selvie’s development, we’ve made a decision to allow Aaron to follow other possibilities. Aaron made an impact in his first eight games as a Jaguar and brought robust vet leadership to our team. He faced up to grief with great grit. We certainly wish him and his family all the very best in the future.”

Kampman made an overall total of $13.45 million in his 2 years for playing in 11 games and was due to make $4.975 million in base income this year.

In an announcement released by the Jaguars, Kampman announced, “I would like to take this moment to thank the Jaguars organization and the Jacksonville community. My time here has given many special memories with a bunch of great folks. You have all been extraordinarily kind to me and my folks. We are so grateful for the friendships that we have developed. You made our time on the 1st Coast terribly special. Go Jaguars! Thank you and God bless.”

He used to be a popular player in the locker room and a team leader.

Added defensive tackle Terrance Knighton: “Aaron Kampman is THE best teammate I ever had. Hate to see him go.”

Austen Lane wrote, “Sorry to see Kampman go. I am grateful for the things he taught me on the field but as significantly about life. I wish him the very best of luck!”

Kampman was optimistic in March regarding his recovery.

“This is the most confident I’ve been in a long time,” he said

The Jaguars could have kept him thru training camp to determine if he could get back to full speed, but his income would be truly high for someone whose role has been reduced to part time player and now will move forward with Jeremy Mincey, Tyson Alualu and 2nd-round pick Andre Branch at DE this season.

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