Worn Legitimate Bowl cornerback Shaquill Griffin is returning to the Sunshine Advise, and he could perchance be bringing his twin brother with him.
Griffin and the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed Tuesday on a three-year contract price up to $44.5 million that entails $29 million guaranteed, in accordance to an particular particular person accustomed to negotiations. It’s the main walk to this level in unique coach City Meyer’s rebuilding venture.
The particular person spoke to The Linked Press on the placement of anonymity because neither facet can keep free agent agreements official till the unique league year begins Wednesday.
Griffin’s agent, Buddy Baker, tweeted “Duval,” a nod to the metropolis’s rallying yowl and an obvious public confirmation of his client’s walk east.
Griffin will seemingly be a straight away starter opposite CJ Henderson, the ninth general bag within the 2020 draft, and can relief the Jaguars personal one of many league’s top protection tandems. Griffin is segment of a defensive overhaul for Jacksonville, which ranked final in nearly about every defensive class in 2020 and allowed a franchise-file 30.75 ingredients a sport.
Meyer and favorite supervisor Trent Baalke damaged-down free agency to keep several price-primarily based moves to revamp the woeful unit, including security Rayshawn Jenkins (four years, $35 million), defensive rupture Roy Robertson-Harris (three years, $24.4 million), defensive type out Tyson Alualu (two years, $6 million), defensive rupture Jihad Ward, and security Johnathan Ford (two years, $4.2 million).
To boot they re-signed defensive rupture Dawuane Smoot (two years, $14 million) and cornerback Sidney Jones, and traded with Fresh Orleans to bag defensive lineman Malcom Brown. Brown will seemingly be reunited with damaged-down Texas coach and novel Jaguars assistant head coach Charlie Strong.
Griffin, Jenkins, Robertson-Harris and Brown can personal to be surefire defensive starters. The others can personal to as a minimum provide added depth for a 1-15 group that proved to personal runt final season. For the 33-year-earlier Alualu, it’s a return to the placement the attach he spent the first seven years of his NFL profession and reunites him with his damaged-down college D-line coach, Tosh Lupoi. Jacksonville drafted Alualu with the 10th general bag in 2010.
Griffin’s twin brother, Shaquem, could perchance also join the rebuilding bag together in Jacksonville. The Seahawks aren’t expected to situation a restricted free agent gentle on the one-handed linebacker. If they don’t, he would grow to be a free agent Wednesday and willing to tag anyplace. The brothers grew up in St. Petersburg, about four hours away, and performed at UCF.
The Jags did less to address their offense — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to be the major addition within the draft — but silent made some key additions. They agreed to phrases with damaged-down Detroit receiver Marvin Jones (two years, $14.5 million) and damaged-down Carolina tight rupture Chris Manhertz (two years, $7.25 million). They added receiver Phillip Dorsett, working inspire Carlos Hyde (two years, $6 million) and receiver/return man Jamal Agnew (three years, $14.25 million).
Jacksonville opened free agency with extra wage cap dwelling (about $73 million) than any other NFL group. Meyer and Baalke refrained from spending broad to land one of the crucial top free agents equivalent to defensive type out Dalvin Tomlinson, glide rushers Bud Dupree and Carl Lawson, or tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith.
Instead, they chose to glide with a numbers sport. They largely introduced in guys they knew, gamers who would be cultural and diagram suits.
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