Jaguar News And Notes

Lately, the Jaguars have quite active in the free agency market after starting out slow. On Thursday, the Jaguars signed linebacker Mike Peterson to a contract. The Jags followed that up by signing another linebacker and fullback. The Jags Insider talks about those moves in addition to ongoing talks with free agent defensive end Chike Okeafor.


Jaguars land another linebacker

The Jaguars have signed 6-year pro linebacker Keith Mitchell to a one-contract worth $1 million ($250,000 signing bonus). The 6-foot-2 and 245 pound ex-Houston Texas suffered several injuries which caused him to miss five out of the last six games of the season. On the season he 48 tackles and one sack. He spent the previous five seasons of his career with New Orleans where he recorded 385 career tackles, 18 ½ sacks, seven forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries and nine interceptions. After the 2000 season, Mitchell was selected to the Pro-Bowl.

Jags add beef to the backfield

On Friday, the Jaguars signed ex-Patriot fullback Marc Edwards to a three-year contract worth approximately $1 million a year. The 6-foot-0 and 225 six-year pro out of Notre Dames gives the Jags and excellent blocker for running back Fred Taylor and solid hands out of the backfield. Last year with the Patriots, he rushed for 96 yards on 31 attempts. Edwards also caught 23 passes for 196 yards.

Mack takes visits

Unrestricted free agent running back Stacey Mack visited Houston this week. He is expected to also visit Dallas and Oakland. The 6-foot-1 and 235 pound six-year pro out of Temple has indicated that he will not be back in Jacksonville because he's looking for a team where he can be the feature back. However, his agent has said that the door is still open with the Jags in the event Mack can't find a team where he'll be the number one back.

Talks are slow

As of late Friday evening, talks are still slow between free agent defensive end Chike Okeafor's agent and the Jaguar management. According to his agent, Andy Sims, talks will probably resume over the weekend. Sims is also talking with the 49er's and the Broncos.

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