Jaguar free agency news and notes

This week has been one of busiest times for the free agency moves. The Jaguars have been slow in making moves compared to a lot of teams. The new regime is being careful and cap cautious. However, look for the Jags to pick up the pace in the weeks ahead. The Jags Insider brings you the latest Jacksonville free agency news and notes, including a few names that will visit Alltel One soon.


The Florida Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars LB/special teams specialist Joe Tuipala signed his $375,000 tender offer on Wednesday. He had been an exclusive-rights free agent.

This past season, the third-year pro out of San Diego State had 15 total tackles with the Jags.

The Jacksonville Jaguars officially resigned wide receiver Kevin Lockett Wednesday to a 1-year deal.

This past season, the 6-year pro out of Kansas State caught 16 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns.

The Jaguars have also officially signed second-year offensive tackle Jay Humphrey to a one-year contract.

In 1999, the 6-foot- 6 and 322 pound tackle out of Texas was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 4th round.

Earlier in the week, the Pittsburgh Steelers had Jaguar offensive tackle Todd Fordham in for a visit.

According to a league source, it's unlikely that the Steelers will offer the 6-foot-5 and 315 pound Fordham a contract.

Yesterday, free agent linebacker Chris Claiborne visited the Rams and he's supposed to visit the Jaguars later in the week.

The 6-foot-3 and 255 pound hard-hitting middle linebacker could be the type of aggressive linebacker that head coach Jack Del Rio pursues.

Rumors were flying around the net that the Lions came to an agreement with linebacker Roosevelt Colvin.

According to Lions Fans.com, the 6-foot-3 and 254 pound pass-rushing specialist will take all scheduled visits before the highly prized free agent makes a decision. His next stop will be the Cardinals. No word on if he'll visit Jacksonville.

In an interesting development, the Giants have backed off of Colvin after discovering that his surgically-repaired shoulder which will keep him from working out on the practice field until July.

Tampa Bay's middle linebacker Shelton Quarles will be hitting the open market again after his contract talks with the Bucs hit a snag.

The 6-foot-1 and 225 pound standout has also played outside linebacker and he has the versatility to play all three linebacker spots.

This past season, he helped lead the Bucs to the Super Bowl by racking up 113 tackles and two interceptions.

It appears that the Jags are still in the hunt for linebacker Cornell Brown but the Ravens could be the team to beat for his services.

Joel Segal, the agent for Cornell Brown told the Baltimore Sun that headway has been made in keeping the free agent linebacker in a Ravens uniform. "We've had productive conversations with Baltimore," Joel Segal said, "but we have talked with other teams." One of those other teams appears to be the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are now coached by Brown's former linebacker coach with the Ravens, Jack Del Rio.

This week the Jaguars got a visit from tight end Ernie Conwell of the St. Louis Rams, but according the Florida Times-Union the team is not ready to give him an offer because he recently underwent minor knee surgery.

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