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Jaguars Release Beasley; Contracts of Hardy and Wynn are VoidedClub Also Tenders Offers to Mack, Cra

With free agency just one day away, the Jacksonville Jaguars have made several roster moves. They released cornerback Aaron Beasley and offered minimum tenders to running back Stacey Mack and cornerback Jason Craft. Also, the contracts of linebacker Kevin Hardy and defensive end Renaldo Wynn were voided, making then unrestricted free agents. In addition, the team has re-signed tight end/snapper Joe Zelenka and signed offensive tackle Shaun Rose.

Beasley, the team's all-time leader with 15 interceptions, finished his sixth season with the Jaguars. He holds every Jaguars single-season and career interception record and has 18 career takeaways and four defensive touchdowns, also team records. In 2001, he suffered a shoulder injury and missed the final four games of the season, finishing with 42 tackles and three interceptions. He started 71 of 76 games played with the Jaguars after being drafted in the third round in 1996.

Hardy was the team's first-round draft choice in 1996, the second overall selection. The Jaguars' all-time leading tackler with 789 over six seasons, he was sidelined by a knee injury for the final seven games of last season. Overall, he started 83 of 86 games played with the Jaguars, making 28.5 sacks and five interceptions. He was voted as a starter in the 1999 Pro Bowl.

Wynn was the team's No. 1 draft pick in 1997. He had a career-high five sacks and 75 tackles in 2001, when he started all 16 games for the first time in his career. In five seasons, he started 63 of 73 games played, with 14 starts at defensive tackle, nine at right end and 40 at left end. He totaled 285 tackles and 13.5 sacks.

Mack was the Jaguars' leading rusher in 2001, when he started 11 games for the injured Fred Taylor and gained 877 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Only the fourth player in team history to rush for 100 yards in a game, the three-year veteran had the fourth-most rushing yards in a season in Jaguars history and ranks fourth on the team's career rushing list. He joined the team as an undrafted rookie in 1999.

Craft was a fifth-round draft choice in 1999 who has played in all 48 games of his career. In 2001, he started eight games and made two interceptions and a career-high 56 tackles (tops among the team's cornerbacks). Craft scored a touchdown in his first NFL game in 1999, returning a fumbled kickoff for a score against San Francisco.

Zelenka played in all 16 games last season, handling all of the snapping for both placekicks and punts. A three-year veteran who joined the team in August after being waived by Washington, he has played in 45 NFL games.

Rose, 21, is a rookie out of East Carolina who was eligible for the 2001 supplemental draft but was not selected. He started at offensive tackle for 11 of 12 games as a senior in 2000 and lettered in 1999 as a reserve. A native of Wilson, N.C., he is 6-6, 316 pounds.

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