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NFL: Dealing Jaguars Continue Free Agency Signings

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed defensive end  Malliciah Goodman and tight end Mychal Rivera.

“[Head] Coach Doug Marrone is going to come in and change the culture around here,” said Rivera. “It is all about winning now. That is all I am about. Just like Oakland did – they turned it around – I am ready for Jacksonville to do the same thing.”

Rivera, 6-3, 245, has spent the entirety of his four-year career in Oakland, where he totaled 146 receptions for 1,413 yards (9.7 rec. avg.) and 10 TDs in 61 career games (15 starts). The Valencia, Calif. native was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 draft, and led all Raiders rookies during his inaugural year with 38 receptions for 407 yards (10.7 rec. avg.) and four TDs.

Rivera began his NFL career by seeing action in all 16 games during his first three seasons, becoming the first Raider since 2010-12  to play in 48 games over his first three seasons. Rivera set career highs in 2014 with 10 starts and 58 receptions for 534 yards (9.2 avg.) with four TDs.

“This is just an incredible opportunity,” added Rivera. “I’m extremely thankful. It takes a lot of hard work to even make it to the NFL, to even get the eyes of the scouts, but to make it to a second contract and have the opportunity to come to an organization like this and to have the opportunity to show the NFL what I can do and continue to play my career and expand on what I can do – it is truly a blessing. I am very happy.”

Goodman, 6-4, 276, has appeared in 37 career games with 11 starts and has totaled 29 tackles (12 solo), two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Goodman was originally selected by Atlanta in the fourth round (127th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft and spent his first three seasons (2013-15) with the Falcons, appearing in 34 games with 25 tackles. In 2016, Goodman appeared in one game for the Seattle Seahawks before returning to Atlanta and playing in two games for the Falcons.

Jacksonville has signed fifth-year defensive tackle Stefan Charles as an unrestricted free agent. The signing of Charles was just one of several recent deals and moves by the Jaguars. Jacksonville released ninth-year defensive tackle Roy Miller.

Charles, 28, has appeared in 49 career games and has previously spent time with Detroit and Buffalo after originally signing with Tennessee as a rookie free agent.

The Jaguars have also signed fourth-year linebacker Josh McNary. McNary, 6-0, 251, appeared in 49 games for the Indianapolis Colts after originally being signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted rookie on April 11, 2013.

During his four seasons with Indianapolis, McNary totaled 60 tackles (40 solo). He spent part of the 2013 season on the team’s practice squad before being promoted to the 53-man roster on Nov. 26, 2013, and appearing in the final five games of the season, totaling 12 tackles (10 solo) during his rookie campaign.

The Jaguars recently announced two other free agency additions

OL Earl Watford, 26, has appeared in 33 career games with 12 starts and was originally drafted by Arizona in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has appeared in one postseason contest in his first four NFL seasons with the Cardinals.

LB Audie Cole, 27, has appeared in 57 career games in five years in Minnesota after originally being drafted by the team in the seventh round (210th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Cole’s career totals include 65 tackles (40 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss and two passes defensed. He appeared in all 16 games during the 2014 and 2016 seasons, tallying a career-high 42 tackles during his sophomore campaign in 2013.

Earlier this week, Jacksonville added two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell, one of three additions for the Jaguars on the first day of free agency. They also landed former Houston cornerback A.J. Bouye and former Dallas safety Barry Church.

Campbell played in all 16 games last season with the Arizona Cardinals, recording eight sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries — including a 53-yard return for a touchdown. The 25-year-old Bouye had six interceptions in four seasons with the Texans. He intercepted two passes in the postseason last winter after having just one in the regular season.

Church spent seven seasons with the Cowboys and topped 100 tackles on three occasions. He had 85 stops and two interceptions last season. The 29-year-old Church has played in 90 NFL games (63 starts).

The club also signed defensive end Lerentee McCray, 26, has appeared in 37 career games and previously spent time with Green Bay and Buffalo after originally signing as an undrafted free agent with Denver on April 27, 2013.

McCray’s career totals include 29 tackles (15 solo), 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. In 2016, McCray appeared in 13 games for the Buffalo Bills and totaled 10 tackles (four solo), as well as five special teams tackles.

The Jaguars traded their 2018 seventh-round pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for two-time Pro Bowler and 10th-year left tackle Branden Albert.

“Branden Albert is a Pro Bowl player who instantly impacts our team,” said Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell. “Branden has played 120 games over the last nine seasons and has a lot of great football ahead of him. His consistency, leadership and on-field performance were all key factors in our desire to acquire Branden from the Dolphins. We look forward to him getting started in Jacksonville.”

Albert, 6-5, 314, has started 118 of 120 career games since originally being selected by Kansas City with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 Draft.

“Brandon is an experienced left tackle,” said Marrone. “He will compete for the starting role and has proven over his 120-game career that he has the mental and physical tools to excel in this league. The play of the offensive and defensive line will be of significant importance to our organization’s success and the acquisition of Branden Albert is a step in that direction.”

Jacksonville also resigned receiver Bryan Walters and released defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks. Walters totaled 24 catches for 231 yards and two touchdowns last season. He has 65 career receptions for 683 yards and three scores. Marks had 16 sacks in four seasons with the Jaguars

Offensive lineman Patrick Omameh was resigned by the club.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to return to the Jaguars organization,” said Omameh. “Having been with Coach Marrone for a season, I’m confident he will put us in a position to succeed and trust in his leadership. I’m also eager for the opportunity to learn all I can from Coach Flaherty and Coach Sparano.”

Jacksonville traded seventh-year tight Julius Thomas to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Miami’s 2017 seventh-round pick (211th overall). The Jaguars now have eight draft picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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