The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran linebacker Dan Skuta, continuing to purge defensive players.
The 30-year-old Skuta has appeared in 112 games, including 26 with the Jaguars. He signed a five-year contract worth $20.5 million in 2015 that included a little more than $8 million guaranteed.
He totaled 55 tackles and 1½ sacks in two seasons in Jacksonville. His role was marginalized after the drafting of linebacker Myles Jack last year.
Skuta played four seasons in Cincinnati and two seasons in San Francisco before joining the Jaguars.
Skuta is the latest in a growing list of defensive players Jacksonville has sent packing. The Jaguars released defensive linemen Jared Odrick, Sen’Derrick Marks and Roy Miller and opted not to re-sign former first-round draft pick Tyson Alualu. They also traded defensive end Chris Smith to Cincinnati earlier Tuesday for a conditional draft pick.
Only right tackle Jermey Parnell and receiver Bryan Walters, who recently re-signed, remain out of the eight free agents the Jaguars signed in 2015. The team traded tight end Julius Thomas and cut Odrick and cornerback Davon House earlier this offseason. The team cut safety Sergio Brown after one season and did not re-sign center Stefen Wisniewski, who had signed a one-year deal.