Jared Odrick and the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms bringing the versatile defensive lineman over to the Jaguars.
This is a solid move by the Jaguars, pouncing on Odrick’s talent right after a down season with the Dolphins and as soon as he became the odd man out with the pending Ndamukong Suh signing. The Jags are expected to pay Odrick about $7 million a season, suggesting that they expect him to be an active part along the defensive line, being a reliable role player behind Sen’Derrick Marks and Roy Miller.
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Odrick has found success in the past, coming to Jacksonville with 104 tackles and 16.5 sacks. He’s played both 3-4 defensive end and 4-3 defensive tackle and should be a nice complement to Marks and Miller on the inside of the defensive line. At 6’5″ and 301 pounds with some nice early explosion, he’ll be able to slide in wherever needed. That versatility is incredibly valuable for teams in the NFL and Gus Bradley will certainly find some way for Odrick to be successful along the defensive line.
Coming off a down a year in 2014, Odrick was just Pro Football Focus’s 19th graded defensive tackle overall. Graded positively in every category except penalties, Odrick succeeded at pass rushing in the minds of the guys over at PFF, though he still came in at 16th in that category. In 2013, however, he was their seventh overall run defending defensive tackle.
Odrick just didn’t perform as well with a full 16 games starting in 2014. He had a great 2014, but started just five of the 16 games he appeared in. He’ll be able to return to that role-based success with the Jaguars, who aren’t expecting him to come in and play every down and depending on him to man the middle all season long. Instead, he’ll be put in situations to succeed, where his talents can be used to both his advantage and the Jags’ advantage.
Overall, this is a B signing. I like what Odrick can do and I fully expect him to prove himself in the coming years with the Jaguars. It’d be great if he returned to 2013 form, but even if he spends the years in Jacksonville performing at his 2014 level, the team will still have come away with a solid addition.
This move will become official on Tuesday.