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Spicer To Be Released Friday

The Jacksonville Jaguars will release veteran defensive end Paul Spicer on Friday. Spicer, 33, has been with the Jaguars since 2000, playing in 115 games with 63 starts during that time. He is one of only seven players to play nine seasons for the Jaguars, and finishes his tenure with 28.5 sacks which is tied for third in team history.

"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."

Last season Spicer played in all 16 games, starting 10 at defensive end. He recorded 50 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble. In 2007 Spicer led the Jaguars with 7.5 sacks.

Spicer began his professional career in 1998, signing as an undrafted rookie with the Seattle Seahawks before spending the season playing in the Canadian Football League for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. He played for the Detroit Lions in 1999 and signed with the Jaguars as a free agent in 2000.

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