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Aaron Kampman Released By Jacksonville Jaguars

After two unproductive seasons that have been destroyed by injuries, the Jacksonville Jaguars have parted ways with defensive lineman Aaron Kampman. His release was announced at a press conference on Thursday. Kampman was scheduled to make $5 million this upcoming season.

Kampman, a former Pro Bowl selection, had an extremely productive career with the Green Bay Packers before injuries derailed his career. He hasn't been able to play at that level since 2008, the last year he played as an end in Green Bay. He tore his ACL in 2009, which marked a career downturn. He recovered and was given a four-year, $24 million contract by the Jaguars in 2010, but never stayed healthy long enough to be worth that much to the Jags.

Even though Kampman's eventual release was widely anticipated because of his large salary, there was always a small chance that he could make the roster. His departure means that Austen Lane, who is recovering from an injury of his own, and rookie Andre Branch will have chances to play regularly this upcoming season.

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