Friday, August 29, 2014
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Jaguars release Babin for second time in 3 months

JASON BABIN took a significant pay cut to stay in Jacksonville. But even at a reduced rate, the Jaguars couldn't envision him making the roster this fall.

So the team released the veteran defensive end yesterday, parting ways with the 34-year-old pass rusher for the second time in 3 months.

"We feel that he still has some good games in him and some really good play in him," coach Gus Bradley said. "We were just juggling to try to find a way to get it done within our system. We felt like it was best to give him the opportunity to get out there and hook on with another team. I don't know if there ever is a right time or how to do it. We try to do the best we can, but when we're dealing with a man like Jason Babin, that is tough on both sides."

After signing former Seattle standout Chris Clemons in free agency and with the development of young pass rushers Andre Branch, Ryan Davis and rookie Chris Smith, there was little room for the aging Babin on a rebuilding roster.

"We know that Babs can still play," said defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, who also played with Babin in Tennessee. "But it also shows that we've got guys like Chris and Branch that's coming along and can also do that job. It's a younger league and that's what a lot of teams look for."


* The bidding for the Buffalo Bills is set to begin now that prospective ownership groups are being contacted by a law firm representing late owner Ralph Wilson's estate. Prospective buyers are getting a seven-page nondisclosure agreement, and a brief outline of background material on the Bills franchise and stadium.

People familiar with the sale have previously said an ownership candidate could be identified by the end of July, and the sale approved by NFL owners as early as the league's meetings in October.

In other Bills news, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly took a break from his recovery from cancer treatments to make a surprise appearance at the Buffalo Bills' practice. Coach Doug Marrone gathered his team at midfield before introducing Kelly, who addressed the players. He thanked them for their support during his yearlong bout with jaw and sinus cancer. Kelly closed by urging the players to lead the Bills to the playoffs and end the team's 14-year postseason drought.

* Carolina QB Cam Newton practiced for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery on March 19. Newton worked in seven-on-seven drills during the team's final day of minicamp practice. Newton says he's yet not near 100 percent yet, but "any progress is good progress."

* Atlanta waived No. 2 quarterback Dominique Davis less than 24 hours after trading for T.J. Yates. Davis, an undrafted free agent from East Carolina, was Matt Ryan's primary backup last year. The Falcons traded linebacker Akeem Dent to Houston late Wednesday night for Yates, who started five of 13 career games after joining the Texans in 2011.

* Chicago terminated the contract of defensive lineman Israel Idonije, who played for Detroit last season after 9 years with the Bears.

* The company most associated with the Washington Redskins is keeping its distance from the debate over the team's name in the aftermath of a trademark ruling that found the name to be "disparaging" to Native Americans. FedEx has its name on the Redskins' stadium, and its president, Fred Smith, is a member of the team's ownership group. But both a senior official and Smith are remaining neutral on owner Dan Snyder's efforts to keep the name in the face of unprecedented opposition. "It's not our place to have a position on the name," said Patrick Fitzgerald, FedEx's senior vice president for marketing.

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