Jacksonville Jaguars release troubled receiver Matt Jones

mattjonesThe Jacksonville Jaguars have released receiver Matt Jones, the team said Monday.

The former Arkansas player was charged with cocaine possession in July.

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He was suspended for the last three games of the 2008 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. In a plea deal, Jones entered a program that emphasizes treatment.

Jones was released a day early from jail Saturday during a weeklong stay for drinking beer in violation of his plea agreement for the drug charge.

The 6-foot-6 former Arkansas star quarterback is awaiting an April 13 court appearance.

After failing a drug and alcohol screening, Jones told a judge he drank beer while playing golf with friends. He assured the judge that wouldn’t happen again.

The Jaguars picked Jones in the first round of the NFL draft in 2005. Before his suspension last season, Jones was having the best year of his career, with 65 catches for 761 yards and two touchdowns.