Jags agree to terms with former Bucs LB Dekoda Watson
MAR 12, 2014 12:56p ET
Watson spent the past four years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played mostly on special teams while making a total of six starts. He split last season between outside linebacker and defensive end.
The Jaguars started Geno Hayes, who they signed as a free agent a year ago, and five-year veteran Russell Allen at the outside linebacker spots in their 4-3 defense for most of the 2013 season. Injuries to both of them in December caused the Jaguars to finish the season using J.T. Thomas and rookie John Lotulelei, neither of whom were with the team until after the preseason ended.
Watson, a seventh-round pick out of Florida State by the Bucs in 2010, had two sacks and one interception last season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Watson joins guard Zane Beadles, running back Toby Gerhart and defensive end Red Bryant as the additions the Jaguars have made in less than a week. They also traded quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who never panned out after being a first-round selection in 2011, to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft.
The Jaguars also plan to meet with cornerback Walter Thurmond, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks. At least one report has them honing in on defensive end Willie Young, who was most recently with the Detroit Lions.