Jags release TE Marcedes Lewis, franchise's all-time receiving yards leader

Doug Mendoza
March 21, 2018

After excelling as a rookie with 51 catches for 677 yards and six scores, Hurns wound up catching 64 passes for more than 1,000 yards and 10 total touchdowns in 2015-16, which earned him a four-year contract extension worth $40 million and $20 million in guaranteed money.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jags have chose to release Allen Hurns. The move didn't come as surprise and saves the Jaguars $7 million in cap space.

Hurns is the second big-name wide receiver Jacksonville has parted ways with this offseason, as they have earlier seen Allen Robinson leave via free agency. Hours later, Hurns said the Bears were interested in him. However, many expected that Lewis would retain a roster spot as the Jaguars looked to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in Lewis' career.

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After missing only two games combined his first two seasons in Jacksonville, injuries caused Hurns to miss 11 games over the past two seasons.

Undoubtedly one of the legends of the franchise, the tight end ranks third all time in both receptions and receiving yards.

The move to release Lewis comes a month after the Jaguars picked up his 2018 option. Meanwhile, the Jags will progress forward with Ben Koyack, David Grinnage and free agent acquisitions Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul. Lewis has ties to former Jaguars coach and current Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, and his college position coach, Jon Embree, is tight ends coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

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