About 13 months after signing him to a three-year, $7MM contract, the Jaguars have parted ways with veteran safety Sergio Brown. As Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union details, Jacksonville released Brown today, making him a free agent.
Brown, who turns 28 next month, appeared in 15 contests during his lone season with the Jaguars, starting four games before he was relegated to backup duty. Playing about half the team’s defensive snaps, the Notre Dame alum recorded 36 tackles and 1.5 sacks, and broke up two passes.
Like many of the contracts the Jaguars signed last winter, Brown’s deal didn’t feature any guaranteed salary or dead money beyond its first season, which means the team can clear his entire cap hit from the books for 2016. Brown had been set to earn a $2.25MM non-guaranteed base salary, so his release removes that $2.25MM charge from Jacksonville’s cap.
Brown, who ranked as a bottom-10 safety (among regulars) last season according to Pro Football Focus’ grades, became expendable when the Jaguars landed ex-Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson in free agency.
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