5 Biggest Free-Agent Signings in Jacksonville Jaguars’ History

5 Biggest Free Agent Signings in Jacksonville Jaguars' History

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Considering the Jacksonville Jaguars have not had a winning season in seven years, it's hard to imagine a time when the Jaguars had a monumental free-agent signing. However, from 1996-99, the Jaguars were one of the AFC's best teams. Twice during that four-year span, the Jaguars advanced to the AFC Championship game. The Jaguars were able to achieve success due to key free-agent signings.

5. TE Kyle Brady

Kyle Brady

5. TE Kyle Brady

Kyle Brady
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Tight end Kyle Brady played eight years for the franchise from 1999-2006. He was the team's starting tight end every single year during that period. Out of a possible 138 regular season games, Brady missed just eight games from 1999-2006.

4. OT Leon Searcy

Leon Searcy

4. OT Leon Searcy

Leon Searcy
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Tackle Leon Searcy played the first four years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers before signing with the Jaguars in 1996. He would go on to play for the team the next four seasons, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 1999, the year the Jaguars finished with the NFL's best record at 14-2.

3. LB Mike Peterson

Mike Peterson

3. LB Mike Peterson

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Linebacker Mike Peterson started out his career with the Indianapolis Colts in 1999, before signing with the Jaguars in 2003. He would go on to play for the next six seasons in Jacksonville, even being named a Second-Team All-Pro in 2005. From 2003-05, Peterson had more than 100 tackles in each of those seasons. Peterson was one of the Jaguars' key defensive players when Jack Del Rio was head coach.

2. WR Keenan McCardell

Keenan McCardell

2. WR Keenan McCardell

Keenan McCardell
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Wide receiver Keenan McCardell was with the Jaguars during the best period of the franchise. McCardell signed with the franchise in 1996, remaining with the team until 2001. He was named to the Pro Bowl following the 1996 season, in which he hauled in 85 catches for 1,129 yards and three touchdowns, Along with fellow receiver Jimmy Smith, McCardell and Smith formed one of the NFL's best receiving duos in the late 90s and early 2000s.

1. WR Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith

1. WR Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith
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The best free-agent signing in franchise history is none other than receiver Jimmy Smith. He played with the franchise from 1995-2005, and established himself as the greatest receiver in Jaguars' history. Smith was named to the Pro Bowl five times and led the NFL in receptions in 1999 with 116 catches. The Jaguars' great had 862 receptions for 12,287 yards and 67 touchdowns during his career.


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