Jaguars agree to sign journeymen defenders Marsh, Woods

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to sign two journeymen defenders in free agency: linebacker/pass-rusher Cassius Marsh and defensive tackle Al Woods.

Marsh, who notched 36 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks in 16 games with Arizona last season, agreed to terms on a one-year contract Monday.

Woods' agency, SportsTrust Advisors, announced his signing on Twitter. Woods spent last year in Seattle, where he had 32 tackles and a sack in 14 games.

Marsh also has played for San Francisco, New England and Seattle during his six-year career. Woods also has spent time with Indianapolis, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Tampa Bay over his 10 NFL seasons.

The newcomers give Jacksonville five new defenders in free agency. The Jaguars previously signed former Cleveland linebacker Joe Schobert, former Cincinnati cornerback Darqueze Dennard and former Arizona defensive lineman Rodney Gunter.

The 6-foot-4, 254-pound Marsh is a hybrid linebacker/defensive end who will serve as an insurance policy if disgruntled pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue refuses to sign the franchise tender and opts to sit out games in hopes of forcing a trade.

Ngakoue also could sign the tender and guarantee himself $18 million in 2020 while working on a long-term deal. Ngakoue, though, has made it clear he has no desire to remain in Jacksonville.

Woods is a 6-foot-4, 330-pound nose tackle who could help solidify Jacksonville's porous run defense. He likely will serve as a backup to projected starter Abry Jones.

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