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Jacksonville Jaguars Sign Defensive End Matt Roth

August 11th, 2011 at 5:40 PM
By Brendan Sonnone

The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to retool their defense through free agency as they picked up defensive end Matt Roth on Thursday.

Roth, 28, signed a one-year deal worth $3 million according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

He played with Jaguars defensive end Aaron Kampman in college and will likely start opposite of his fellow Iowa Hawkeye in Jacksonville

This was a security move for general manager Gene Smith. Kampman tore his ACL last year and while he's seemed bounced back, Roth will at least give the Jaguars added depth if Kampman were to get re-injured. 

Roth had a career year for the Cleveland Browns last season. He finished with 86 tackles and 3.5 sacks (his career high there was five with the Miami Dolphins in 2008) and will be a solid run-stuffer for the Jaguars. He's not much of a pass-rusher and will likely be spelled by young ends Jeremy Mincey and Austen Lane on rushing situations. 

Tags: Aaron Kampman, Austen Lane, Gene Smith, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jeremy Mincey, Matt Roth

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