Davon House leaving Packers, will sign four-year deal with Jaguars
Davon House will soon officially be a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
After receiving offers from seven teams, House will be signing a four-year, $25 million contract offer with Jacksonville. House will receive $10 million guaranteed.
Free agency officially opens at 3 p.m. CT Tuesday.
The Green Bay Packers got involved late in the process and were only willing to offer four years, $17 million with $5 million guaranteed. House also received offers from the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders.
"If I go to the Jaguars, I can be the No. 1 guy in their secondary," House told FOXSportsWisconsin.com. "I feel I can help out tremendously with my winning experience, my qualities of leadership. I feel I can go out there and do a tremendous job being a No. 1 corner. Not just a sub-package guy (like in Green Bay)."
House will be joining his former head coach at New Mexico State, DeWayne Walker, who is now the defensive backs coach for the Jaguars. Jacksonville had $64 million available to spend in free agency, more than any other team.
A fourth-round pick of the Packers in 2011, House started a total of 14 games during his four seasons in Green Bay. He’s been mostly stuck behind starting outside cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams. In 2012, though, House was on the verge of becoming a starter before suffering a shoulder injury in preseason. The Packers re-signed Shields last offseason to a four-year, $39 million deal, while Williams is currently an unrestricted free agent.
House only has two career interceptions, but his style is based more on physicality than playing the ball. That has its drawbacks, however, as House missed six games due to injury in 2012 and another three games at the end of this past season with a fractured scapula.
House made it clear on Jan. 19 while cleaning out his locker that he wanted to stay with Green Bay, but the interest wasn’t reciprocated at a strong enough level from the team to make it work.
"Why wouldn’t you want to be on this team?" House said at the time. "I love winning. I love Green Bay. And the bad stories I hear about some of the other teams out there about just how everything’s run, this is like maid service. This is first class. I’m so used to this that I really don’t want to drop down where freakin’ Dec. 28 the season is over with."
If the Packers are unable to come to a free-agent agreement with Williams, they’ll have lost two of their top cornerbacks in a span of a few days.
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