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Jaguars free agency tracker: Team lands Seahawks DB Griffin, brings back Alualu

Philadelphia Eagles' Zach Ertz (86) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks' Shaquill Griffin (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia Eagles' Zach Ertz (86) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks' Shaquill Griffin (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Free agency begins Wednesday at 4 p.m. but teams can negotiate with players during the legal tampering period, which began at noon on Monday. The Jaguars, who have the most salary cap room to spend in the league, have reportedly agreed to terms with these players as of Tuesday evening:

Tuesday’s moves

WR Marvin Jones (Lions)

The first pass-catching threat of the free agency period in bringing in the 6-2, 200-pound wideout who played for Darrell Bevell in Detroit last year. Bevell is the Jaguars’ new offensive coordinator.

Jones is coming off of a career-high in catches (76) and has 51 career touchdown catches. According to Adam Schefter, Jones is getting $14.5 million with $9.5 of that guaranteed over the two-year deal.

DL Malcolm Brown (Saints)

It’s a trade for the Jaguars. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars dealt for defensive tackle Malcolm Brown to bolster their defensive line depth. Brown has started 80 games in six years across New England and New Orleans. He has 247 career tackles and 11.5 sacks. At 6-2, 320 pounds, Brown provides a big body on the line for the Jaguars. It wasn’t immediately clear of what the Jaguars gave up for Brown.

DL Tyson Alulalu (Steelers)

Jaguars fans remember this name well. Alulalu was Jacksonville’s first-round pick in the 2010 draft. And now, he’s headed back to the Jaguars.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported that Alualu’s deal is a two-year contract at $6 million. Alualu never played up to his draft status as the 10th overall pick, but he was reliable. He spent seven years with the Jaguars and started 87 games in that span. Alulalu has 398 career tackles and 24.5 sacks in 11 seasons between the Steelers and Jaguars.

CB Shaquill Griffin (Seahawks)

A name that had been pegged to the Jaguars early in the process is heading to Jacksonville, according to Ian Rapoport. Griffin is the biggest name thus far in free agency. He had three interceptions last season and has six in his career. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said that the deal for Griffin is a three-year, $44.5 million contract that includes 29 million guaranteed.

Griffin’s twin brother, Shaquem, is a restricted free agent. Various media reports say that he could join Shaquill in Jacksonville. Shaquem, a safety, lost his left hand when he was 4 years old. He has 25 tackles and a sack in three seasons.

DE Jihad Ward (Ravens)

Ian Rapoport reported that the Jaguars have agreed to terms with the former Ravens defensive end, who was coached by Joe Cullen in Baltimore. Cullen is now the Jaguars defensive coordinator.

TE Chris Manhertz (Panthers)

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the team is signing the blocking tight end to a two-year, $7.25 million deal.

Manhertz isn’t a pass-catching tight end threat by any means. In 70 career games, Manhertz has 12 catches for 142 yards and one touchdown.

Monday’s deals

DT Roy Robertson-Harris (Bears)

NFL Networks Mike Garafolo reports it’s a three-year $24.4 million deal.

WR/KR Jamal Agnew (Lions)

Garafolo also reports that the Jaguars have agreed to terms with wide receiver and kick returner Jamal Agnew, who had been in Detroit with the Lions where new Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell coached him. Agnew led the league in punt returns as a rookie in 2017. He has returned five kicks for touchdowns in his four years in the league but has just 16 career receptions.

S Rudy Ford (Eagles)

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the Jaguars have agreed to terms with Eagles’ safety Rudy Ford who has a reputation as a very good special teams player who can provide depth in the secondary.

Phillip Dorsett (Patriots)

The Jaguars have also reportedly agreed to terms with speedy wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, a former University of Miami product.

Rayshawn Jenkins (Los Angeles Chargers)

Pro Football Talk was the first to report that the Jaguars also added another former Hurricane, Rayshawn Jenkins, who had been with the Chargers. Jenkins had been a starter each of his last two seasons with Los Angeles and has five career interceptions. He has missed just three games in his four-year career.

Carlos Hyde (Seahawks)

The Jaguars appear to be bringing Carlos Hyde back to Jacksonville. Hyde played two seasons for Urban Meyer at Ohio State.

The Jaguars have also re-signed a number of their own free-agent-to-be players including offensive lineman Tyler Shatley, defensive end Dawuane Smoot, cornerback Tre Herndon and they placed the franchise tag on offensive tackle Cam Robinson.


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