AP source: Jaguars bringing back special teams ace Wingard

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 01: Andrew Wingard #42 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball after forcing the turnover against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on January 1, 2023 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) (Cooper Neill, 2023 Cooper Neill)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A person familiar with negotiations says backup safety Andrew Wingard has agreed to return to Jacksonville on a three-year, $9.6 million contract.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move can’t become official until Wednesday.

Wingard's deal includes $6 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $13.8 million total, the person said.

Jacksonville entered the week roughly $10 million under the salary cap and prioritized keeping the core of its team together in hopes of repeating as AFC South champions. Wingard is one of the team’s best special teams players.

He started three games last season and finished with 37 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception. More importantly, he’s a proven backup who makes a difference on each unit of special teams.

The Jaguars are set to lose two players in free agency: right tackle Jawaan Taylor has agreed to sign with Kansas City, and blocking tight end Chris Manhertz is headed to Denver.


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