Jags Move On From Kampman

The Jaguars made the inevitable move of releasing veteran defensive end Aaron Kampman on Thursday after two seasons with the team.

Kampman's release came as a surprise to few as the 11-year pro played in just 11 games over the past two seasons as he tore his ACL for the second time. Kampman inked a contract prior to 2010 which included $10 million in guaranteed money.

"I would like to take this moment to thank the Jaguars organization and the Jacksonville community," Kampman said in a statement. "My time here has provided many special memories with a number of great people. You have all been very kind to me and my family. We are so grateful for the friendships that we have developed. You have made our time on the First Coast very special. Go Jaguars! Thank you and God Bless!"

Although Kampman recorded just four sacks in his injury-riddled Jaguars career he was a leader and teacher to the young players.

Third-year defensive end Austen Lane tweeted about his mentor.

"Sad to see Kampman go..I'm grateful for the things he taught me on the field but more importantly about life. I wish him the best of luck!"

Kampman's departure paves the way for some younger players at the defensive end position including rookie Andre Branch, John Chick, Austen Lane and George Selvie. With his 2012 salary of nearly $5 million, the team simply couldn't afford to continue with the Kampman experiment.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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