JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to part ways with players signed under the former regime.
The Jaguars released receiver Laurent Robinson on Wednesday, the latest high-priced player let go as part of the team’s rebuilding project.
Robinson signed a five-year, $32.5 million free agent-contract last season before missing considerable time with concussions. The team also cut cornerback Aaron Ross and safety Dawan Landry last week, and told veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis he would not be re-signed.
The team said Robinson passed a physical last month and was completely healthy.
But the receiver disagreed, telling The Associated Press “there’s no way he could line up and play a game tomorrow.”
Robinson said he told team trainers he felt lightheaded during a workout Tuesday.
“I’m just starting to get back into it,” Robinson said. “I’m hungry to play again. Once I get 100 percent healthy, I’ll be back. I just want to be with a team that really wants me.”
Robinson’s deal paid him $11.1 million in 2012 and included $14 million guaranteed. He is due a $2 million roster bonus later this week, but that’s part of his guaranteed money, so it had no bearing on the timing of the move.
The main reason for his release was the development of young receivers Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts III, two starters who made Robinson expendable.
Robinson’s health may have been a factor, too.
The former Dallas Cowboys slot receiver missed nine games last season because of concussions — the first one happened when he landed on a small strip of concrete pavers near the practice field during training camp — and finished with 24 receptions for 252 yards.
Robinson sustained three more concussions during the season, the last one landing him on injured reserve for the final six weeks of the season.
And with general manager Gene Smith and coach Mike Mularkey fired after the season, the Jaguars started cleaning house.
New general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley plan to revamp the roster through the draft. Although signing a few free agents is likely, the team doesn’t want to spend big until it gets more young, core players in the mix and up to speed.
Still, the decision caught Robinson off guard.
“It’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the business,” Robinson said. “Got to keep your head up and keep moving. Can’t ever be surprised in this league.”