Jaguars release Kampman
The Jaguars released the veteran pass rusher Thursday, five days before the start of a mandatory, three-day minicamp.
Kampman has missed 28 games over the last three seasons while playing for Jacksonville and Green Bay, including 13 last year. He had 57 tackles and four sacks in 11 games during his two seasons with the Jaguars.
He sat out all of organized team activities last month while recovering from a second surgery on his right knee. With a salary near $5 million in 2012, and the return of Austen Lane and John Chick from injuries and the addition of second-round draft pick Andre Branch, it became unlikely that Kampman would make the 53-man roster.
Kampman was one of the league’s elite pass rushers in his prime with the Packers, recording 48 sacks between 2004 and 2008. But he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2009 and hasn’t been the same since.
-- The New England Patriots have released wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who spent one unproductive season with the team.
He had 15 receptions for an 18.4-yard average and one touchdown, but rarely was a key part of the offense.
Ochocinco, who played 10 seasons for Cincinnati before joining the Patriots. In seven seasons, he had seven 1,000-yard receiving years and a high of 97 catches.