Malcom Brown released by Jacksonville Jaguars in surprise move following career year
The Jacksonville Jaguars made a surprise move after Wednesday's practice, letting go of veteran defensive tackle Malcom Brown, who appears to have been involved in a squeeze play involving younger players in front and behind him on the depth chart.
Brown (6ft 2, 330lbs) was entering his eighth season in the NFL. He's coming to a career high in 2021 with 57 tackles and two sacks.
Brown was listed behind third-year pro DaVon Hamilton in nose tackle on the depth chart ahead of last week's preseason game against Cleveland.
Hamilton had a good training camp and Jay Tufele, who only played four games in his rookie season last year, also played at a high level and had one of his best practices Monday at TIAA Bank Field.
Tufele was on the third team behind Brown.
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Malcolm Brown (90) stretches at Jaguars training camp.
Brown, a Texas native and All-American for the University of Texas in 2014, was drafted in the first round by New England, played four seasons for the Patriots and was a member of two Super Bowl-winning teams. He signed with New Orleans, played there for two years before being traded to the Jags for a seventh round.
He has career tallys of 304 tackles, 27 for losses, 13.5 sacks and 26 quarterback hits.
Brown signed a two-year, $11 million contract ($3 million signing bonus, $7.6 million guaranteed) in 2021 and was expected to earn $5.4 million this season with a $500,000 roster bonus and a $100,000 training bonus.
According to Spotrac.com, the move is a $7.5 million salary cap for the Jags, with a $4.5 million dead money cap.
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This article originally appeared in the Florida Times-Union: Jaguars to part ways with veteran defensive tackle Malcom Brown
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