Jaguars release OL Zane Beadles, DE Chris Clemons

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars have released guard Zane Beadles and defensive end Chris Clemons, the team announced Thursday.

Neither move comes as a surprise. The cuts will collectively save the Jaguars $25.5 million against the salary cap over the next three seasons.

"This is a very challenging time of year in the NFL, and making moves like these are necessary but very difficult," Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said. "While we understand that this is a business, it does not make these decisions any easier. Zane and Chris have helped play a role in what we are building here in Jacksonville and we are extremely grateful for their work on and off the field over the past two seasons. We wish them the best of luck in the future."

Beadles, 29, had three years remaining on a five-year, $30 million contract. He also was due a $500,000 roster bonus March 13. Beadles was going to count $5.5 million against the salary cap in 2016 and $6 million in 2016 and '17. He was scheduled to receive a base salary of $4.975 million in 2016.

A Pro Bowl selection with the Broncos in 2012, Beadles started all 32 games he played in for the Jaguars. Second-year player A.J. Cann, the team's third-round pick in 2015, is expected to take over as the starter at left guard in 2016.

Clemons' production declined significantly in 2015, going from 8.0 sacks his first season with the Jaguars to just 3.0. Clemons played in every game over the past two seasons (23 starts) and had four pass breakups, five forced fumbles and 50 tackles. He has 69 sacks, 276 tackles, 18 forced fumbles, and seven fumble recoveries in 11 seasons with five teams.

Clemons recorded 33.5 sacks in the first three of his four years in Seattle (2010 to '13).

The 34-year-old Clemons had two years remaining on a four-year, $17.5 million contract he signed in 2014. He was due a $500,000 roster bonus March 13 and had a salary cap figure of $4 million in each of the next two seasons.

Clemons did not participate in the Jaguars' nine organized team activities in the spring but did attend the mandatory three-day minicamp. However, he reported to training camp one day late because of what the team called personal issues. He was placed on the active/non-football injury list at that time and was eventually removed from it Aug. 17.