Jaguars Release 9-Year Team Veteran Paul Spicer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Free agency starts on Friday, but it was late Thursday when the Jaguars made news with who they are getting rid of instead of who they are adding.

Paul Spicer, a defensive end who has been with the team for nine years, will be officially released on Friday.

Spicer is 33-years-old and has been with the Jaguars since 2000. He has played in 115 games, and started 63 of them.

Spicer is only one of seven players to spend nine seasons with the Jaguars. He finished his time in Jacksonville tied for third in team history with 29.5 sacks. In 2007, he led the Jaguars with 7.5 sacks.

The defensive end was also a mainstay on the Jaguars' defense last season. He played in all 16 games while starting 10 of them at defensive end. Spicer began his pro career in 1998 after signing with the Seattle Seahawks as an un-drafted rookie. He wound up spending that season in the Canadian Football League for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders.

He also spent a season with the Detroit Lions. Spicer was the host of Channel 4's End Zone last season as well.

?Paul Spicer has been a productive and valuable member of this team for a long time,? Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith said. ?We?ve appreciated his team-first mentality and his blue collar work ethic. He was a good example for the younger players because he was a guy who was not drafted but worked very hard to establish himself and his career.?