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Jaguars release veteran defensive end Jason Babin, opening door for several young pass-rushers

The Jacksonville Jaguars have released defensive end Jason Babin, parting ways with the veteran for the second time in three months.

The move came Thursday morning, hours before the team's final day of a mandatory minicamp.

After signing Chris Clemons in free agency and with the development of fellow pass-rushers Andre Branch, Ryan Davis and rookie Chris Smith, there was little room for the 34-year-old Babin on a rebuilding roster. By releasing Babin now, the Jaguars are giving him a chance to catch on with another club before training camp.

Babin led the team with 7 1/2 sacks last season.

He voided the final two years of his contract in March, hitting the free-agent market before the Jaguars cut him. Jacksonville brought him back at a reduced rate.

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