Jags cut Rackley, sign Miami QB Morris among 17 rookie free agents

Stephen Morris threw 21 touchdowns in each of the past two seasons for the Miami Hurricanes.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Monday they have agreed to terms with 17 rookie free agents, including University of Miami quarterback Stephen Morris, and released Will Rackley, their starting left guard for most of the 2013 season.

Morris went undrafted last week after the 6-foot-2, 218-pound Miami native spent four years with the Hurricanes, arting every game for them as a junior and senior. He threw for 21 touchdowns in both seasons and had three games of more than 400 yards in 2012, topped by a school record 566-yard performance in a last-second victory over N.C. State.

Morris will join first-round pick Blake Bortles from UCF as the only quarterbacks expected to take part in the minicamp, which begins Friday. Among the other free agents invited was Morris’ top receiver from a year ago, wide receiver Allen Hurns.

Rackley was the second starting guard to be released by the Jaguars since the end of last season. The signing of Zane Beadles, formerly of the Denver Broncos, meant Rackley was out of a job at left guard. When the Jaguars drafted former Hurricanes guard Brandon Linder toward the end of the second round Friday night, it was a signal they intended to upgrade at right guard as well following the release in March of Uche Nwaneri.

Rackley, a third-round pick in 2011 out of Lehigh, made 11 starts in 2013 but also missed three games with a concussion. With his release and the trading of quarterback Blaine Gabbert, the only players still with the Jaguars from that draft are wide receiver Cecil Shorts III and safety Chris Prosinski, both of whom were chosen in the fourth round.

In addition to Rackley, the Jaguars released wide receivers Jeremy Ebert and Stephen Williams, running backs Delone Carter and Shaun Chapas, and defensive tackle Drake Nevis.

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