JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to part ways with players signed under the former regime.
The Jaguars released receiver Laurent Robinson on Wednesday, the latest high-priced player let go as part of the team's rebuilding project.
Robinson signed a five-year, $32.5 million free-agent contract last season before missing considerable time with concussions. The team also cut cornerback Aaron Ross and safety Dawan Landry last week and told veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis he would not be re-signed.
The team said Robinson passed a physical last month and was completely healthy.
But the receiver disagreed, telling The Associated Press, "there's no way I could line up and play a game tomorrow."
Robinson said he told team trainers he felt lightheaded during a workout Tuesday.
"I'm just starting to get back into it," Robinson said. "I'm hungry to play again. Once I get 100 percent healthy, I'll be back. I just want to be with a team that really wants me."
Robinson's deal paid him $11.1 million in 2012 and included $14 million guaranteed. He is due a $2 million roster bonus later this week, but that's part of his guaranteed money, so it had no bearing on the timing of the move.
Robinson's health might have been a factor, too.
The former Dallas Cowboys slot receiver missed nine games last season because of concussions -- the first one happened when he landed on a small strip of concrete pavers near the practice field during training camp -- and finished with 24 receptions for 252 yards.
Robinson sustained three more concussions during the season, the last one landing him on injured reserve for the final six weeks of the season.
And with general manager Gene Smith and coach Mike Mularkey fired after the season, the Jaguars started cleaning house.
New general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley plan to revamp the roster through the draft. Although signing a few free agents is likely, the team doesn't want to spend big until it gets more young, core players in the mix and up to speed.
Still, the decision caught Robinson off guard.
"It's unfortunate, but it's part of the business," Robinson said. "Got to keep your head up and keep moving. Can't ever be surprised in this league."
Hayes, a sixth-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2008, spent four seasons with the Buccaneers before playing last year in Chicago. He played under current Jaguars coach Gus Bradley as a rookie.
Hayes has played in 71 career games with 45 starts. He has 291 tackles, seven sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He started three games and played in 15 last season, totaling 24 tackles.
Hayes could fill the role vacated by Smith, who spent his first nine seasons in Jacksonville and is the franchise's all-time leading tackler. Smith hasn't signed with another team yet.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.