The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to improve the team’s roster by signing linebacker Dekoda Watson to fill a backup role and potentially challenge for starting slot on the outside.
Watson ironically was the player signed by Florida State to replace Jaguars starting linebacker Geno Hayes at Florida State once Hayes graduated from the university. Both played for the Buccaneers before making their way up to north Florida.
According to FoxNews.com, “Watson visited with general manager Dave Caldwell and Coach Gus Bradley on Tuesday and was expected to sign the deal Wednesday after a physical. A seventh-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2010, Watson had 106 tackles and three sacks in four years with the Buccaneers. He started six of 60 games, playing mostly on special teams. But he's expected to compete for a starting job with the rebuilding Jaguars.”
Watson is not the only defensive player who appears to be on the Jaguars’ radar. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Jaguars have an interest in Lions defensive end Willie Young and Seattle Seahawks defensive back Walter Thurmond. Both could be signed to deals later today.
The Jaguars could also have interest in Chris Clemons. According to sources, he was released by the team on Wednesday.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that The Seattle Seahawks released defensive end Chris Clemons on Wednesday, a move that saves significant salary cap room but takes away one of their top pass rushers the past four seasons. The move, first reported by NFL.com and confirmed by Clemons' representatives, was not unexpected as Seattle tries to clear the right amount of financial space to make moves in free agency while also trying to work on extensions for safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman. Clemons was set to make $7.5 million in base salary in 2014, the final year of an extension he signed with the Seahawks before the start of the 2012 season.
The Jaguars signed former Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant last weekend and is looking to add another pass rush specialist to the roster.