JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars on Tuesday parted ways with two respected veterans.
They also parted ways with one of their most-tenured players – and one of their better stories of the past half-decade.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis and wide receiver Allen Hurns, two players key to the Jaguars' offense at times in recent seasons, both have been released by the team. The team made the releases official on Tuesday.
Lewis, a first-round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft from UCLA, caught 375 passes for 4,502 yards and 33 touchdowns in 12 seasons with the Jaguars. He made the Pro Bowl following the 2010 season, during which he caught 58 passes for 700 yards with 10 touchdowns.
Lewis played in 170 games with 141 starts and was long considered one of the NFL's best run-blocking tight ends.
Lewis' career totals – 375 receptions, 4,502 receiving yards and 33 receiving touchdowns – are the most by a tight end in franchise history and third-most by a player in Jaguars history. He and former center Brad Meester are the only players in franchise history to play at least 12 seasons with the team.
Hurns, who made the Jaguars and became a 1,000-yard, double-digit-touchdown receiver after signing with the team as an undrafted rookie following the 2014 NFL Draft, played collegiately at the University of Miami. He caught 189 passes for 2,669 yards and 21 touchdowns in four seasons, catching 64 passes for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015.
Hurns played 52 games in four seasons, playing just 21 over the past two seasons while missing 11 games because of injuries.
He caught 39 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns this past season.