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Jaguars continue to address defense in free agency

Al Woods, Cassius Marsh agree to 1-year deals, according to reports

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 18: Al Woods #99 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after a defense play in the game against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 18: Al Woods #99 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after a defense play in the game against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) (2018 Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After signing three defensive free agents last week, the Jaguars have reportedly added two more on Monday.

The Jaguars figure to be bargain shoppers in free agency this year. That trend appears to be continuing tonight as the team has agreed to terms with two veteran free agents on defense. Defensive tackle Al Woods is a run stuffer. He’ll be 33 on Wednesday. His agent tweeted out that he’ll make the Jaguars his seventh team in 10 years. He will have played for the three-quarters of the AFC South, having previously played for the Titans and Colts. He was a defensive captain in Indianapolis. Defensive coordinator Todd Wash coached him in Seattle in 2011.

"Al adds another respected veteran presence to our defensive line group and brings vast NFL experience to our roster,” head coach Doug Marrone said. “Over his career, he has proven that he can stop the run and take on blocks in the middle of the defensive line, which helps address an important area for us heading into the upcoming season.”

The Associated Press is reporting that the Jaguars have agreed to terms with 27-year-old linebacker Cassius Marsh. He is also a well-traveled player. The Jaguars will be his fourth team in seven years. Marsh has played with the Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals.

"Cassius has demonstrated versatility and athleticism throughout his NFL career, and we’re looking forward to what he can bring to our football team,” Marrone said. “His ability to stop the run, play in coverage and get after the quarterback will add valuable flexibility to our defense.”

The Jaguars have now signed five free agents this off-season and re-signed two of their own. Of those seven, only one, guard Tyler Shatley, is on offense.


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