The Jaguars signed defensive lineman Jared Odrick on Tuesday to a deal worth $8.5 million per year with $22 million guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Odrick, 27, was originally reported to be a Jaguars target for $7 million per year, but the final deal ended up being a little more. It's also a big raise for Odrick who just played the five-year, $13 million deal he received from the Miami Dolphins after he was selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
In five seasons with the Dolphins, Odrick played all over the defense, racking up 16.5 sacks from defensive tackle, defensive end and linebacker spots. While he played in just one game as a rookie, he played in all 64 regular season games for the Dolphins over the last four seasons, although it wasn't until 2014 that he became a full-time starter.
While his versatility is valuable for a defense like the one run by the Jaguars, it's likely he receives a more defined role and settles in as a five-technique in the defense. Red Bryant started 16 games in the role in 2014, but Odrick offers more athleticism and pass rushing ability than Bryant.
If Bryant is released, it would represent a savings of $4.5 million in cap room without any dead money.