Doubling down on the youth movement, the Jaguars today officially released three 3 veterans. WR Torry Holt, LT Tra Thomas and DT Rob Meier all were handed their walking papers. The moves had been expected because coach Jack Del Rio already told them they would not be part of the team's rebuilding process.
“After completing our postseason roster evaluation, we’ve made the decision in the best interest of the organization to release three veteran players with tremendous playing history in the league,” Gene Smith, Jaguars General Manager/Sr. V.P. Player Personnel said in announcing the moves. “All three players have played ten or more years in the NFL and have made a positive impact on the Jaguars organization. These decisions certainly weren’t easy ones, as Torry, Tra and Rob have over 350 starts between them and they still have the ability to contribute for other teams in the league.”
Holt, a seven-time Pro Bowler with the St. Louis Rams, was third on the team last year with 51 receptions which netted him 722 yards. “Torry was a player-coach for us this past year in the way in mentored our inexperienced receiving group, and he was one of the leaders of our team,” Smith said. “I’m confident that Torry will be a first-ballot Hall of Fame player one day.
Thomas, a three-time Pro Bowler with Philadelphia, started just three games for the Jaguars in 2009 as the LT spot went to 1st round draft pick Eugene Monroe. “I know Eugene (Monroe) and Eben (Britton) in particular benefited from Tra’s veteran presence and craftiness as a player,” Smith said in reference to the team’s two rookie offensive tackles last year. “He’s a three-time Pro Bowl player who played in five NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl with the Eagles.”
Meier, a 10-year veteran who spent last season on injured reserve, has 307 career tackles and ranks ninth in team history with 21.5 sacks. “He’s without question one of the toughest players to ever wear a Jaguars uniform,” Smith said.