Jaguars ink safety Jarrod Wilson to a three-year deal
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced they have signed backup safety Jarrod Wilson to a three-year deal on Saturday. The news comes as he was scheduled to become a free agent in March.
The Jacksonville Jaguars may have given fans a peek of how their secondary may look in 2019 when the team announced it has signed safety Jarrod Wilson to a three-year deal.
After stating the last two games of the season in place of rookie Ronnie Harrison, the former undrafted free agent showed enough to earn another contract with his current team.
"Per ESPN.com, Jarrod Wilson, who signed with Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent in 2016, has appeared in 47 games with two starts during his three-year career. Wilson has 21 tackles, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. He also has been a standout on special teams, totaling 16 tackles."
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If he not a starter next season, he does provide quality depth to a unit that underachieved last season and could look different then from the start of 2018. The team released safety Barry Church on Dec. 14. Harrison had taken his spot in the starting lineup.
There is also talk the team could part ways with Tashaun Gipson, whose salary of $7.25 million for this year may be too much for the cap-strapped Jaguars.
Harrison showed improvement throughout the season and pushed the veteran Chruch out of the lineup in Week 13 after he signed a four-year, $21.6 million contract with $12 million guaranteed in March 2017.
With Harrison and Jarrod Wilson possibly starters next season, the secondary just got much younger.
Gipson could be one of several veterans who could released prior to free agency this offseason. The Jaguars defense could lose defensive tackles Marcell Dareus ($8.335 million in base salary) and Malik Jackson ($13 million in base salary). Jackson had already lost playing time to rookie Taven Bryan on the interior line.
One player the team will not release this offseason is Calais Campbell, who announced on the Monday following the team’s 20-3 season finale loss to the Houston Texans that he was informed by the organization he would return next season.
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey led the team with three interceptions last season. He and A.J. Bouye figure to continue to be one of the top duos in the league. Bouye’s play dropped off last season while dealing with injuries. Ramsey was the team’s lone Pro Bowl selection.
As of now, the team only has two other safeties on the roster in Cody Davis and C.J. Reavis. This could be an area the team looks to fortify in free agency or could seek a rookie in the later rounds of the NFL Draft.