Jacksonville Jaguar bolster DL depth with signing of Michael Dogbe

Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Michael Dogbe. Joe Rondone/The Republic/USA TODAY
Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Michael Dogbe. Joe Rondone/The Republic/USA TODAY / Joe Rondone/The Republic / USA TODAY

After a quiet start to this year's free agency, the Jacksonville Jaguars got a bit more active, signing several players Tuesday. The first one was former Arizona Cardinals defensive end Michael Dogbe, who signed a one-year deal, per Jordan Schultz of The Score.

In Jacksonville, Dogbe joins Brentson Buckner, who was his position coach with the Cardinals in 2020 and 2021. A seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, Dogbe has appeared in 40 games with five starts. Although he didn't get much playing time in his first two seasons with the Cards, he saw an uptick in snaps the last two, logging 545 in that span.

Dogbe has logged many special teams snaps throughout his career, so he will mostly get playing time on defense and join a rotation that will tentatively include Adam Gotsis and Roy Robertson-Harris in 2023. Not long after the addition of Dobge, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reported that the Jags had also signed defensive tackle Henry Mondeaux, who suited up for 11 games with four starts for the New York Giants last year.

The Jacksonville Jaguars add D-Line depth with Michael Dogbe

The Jaguars would have liked to keep defensive end Arden Key but they couldn't fit him into this year's budget, so he inked a three-year deal worth $21 million with the Tennessee Titans. Key was an important piece of their pass rush rotation last year and Dogbe could step into his role next season.

All things considered, Dogbe offers a solid alternative to Key. Although the former isn't as productive as the latter, he's considerably cheaper. Besides, the Jags had already re-signed Roy Robertson-Harris and later brought back Adam Gotsis.

On the other hand, locking up Henry Mondeaux is a low-key solid move. After going undrafted in 2018, the former Oregon Duck spend time with the New Orleans Saints and the Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019. He worked his way up the depth chart, which led to playing time in the regular season the following year.

Mondeaux has progressively seen an uptick in defensive snaps over the last two years. He was waived by the Steelers before the start of the 2021 season but was quickly scooped up by New York Giants, where he went on to appear in 11 contests with four starts. Keep in mind that the former Oregon Duck is not a lock to make the Jaguars' roster but he should have a realistic shot to make the cut. The same is true for Dogbe, who will need to impress the coaching staff in training camp.

The Jaguars won't probably be making any splash signings this offseason but they know they added depth to a position group that needed it. While additions of Dogbe and Mondeaux aren't flashy, they're still solid.

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