The Jacksonville Jaguars chose youth over experience Thursday, releasing wide receiver Torry Holt and left tackle Tra Thomas, both of whom have made Pro Bowls during their distinguished NFL careers.
The moves were expected because Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio already told the aging veterans that they wouldn't be part of the team's rebuilding process.
Defensive lineman Rob Meier, a 10-year veteran who has played only for the Jaguars, also was released.
"After completing our postseason roster evaluation, we've made the decision in the best interest of the organization to release three veteran players with tremendous playing history in the league," Jaguars general manager Gene Smith told the team's official Web site. "All three players have played 10 or more years in the NFL and have made a positive impact on the Jaguars' organization. These decisions certainly weren't easy ones, as Torry, Tra and Rob have over 350 starts between them and they still have the ability contribute for other teams in the league."