The Jacksonville Jaguars used Day 3 of free agency to address depth and special teams, signing Minnesota Vikings linebacker Audie Cole, Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Earl Watford, and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Stefan Charles.
#Jaguars sign linebacker Audie Cole.— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) March 11, 2017
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#Jaguars add free agent defensive tackle Stefan Charles.— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) March 11, 2017
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Cole has appeared in 57 career games in five years in Minnesota after originally being drafted by the team in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Cole’s career totals include 65 tackles (40 solo), three tackles for a loss, and two passes defended. He appeared in all 16 games during the 2014 and 2016 seasons, earning a career-high 42 tackles during his sophomore campaign in 2013.
Watford was originally a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and appeared in 15 games with 10 starts during the 2016 season. In 2015, Watford played in eight games with two starts at right tackle, making his first career start in 2015, but was placed on injured reserve (hand) on December 8. Watford played in 10 games and one playoff game in 2014, seeing action primarily on special teams.
Charles has appeared in 49 career games and spent time with the Buffalo Bills after originally signing with the Tennessee Titans as a rookie free agent in 2013. After being signed off of the Titans practice squad by the Bills, Charles totaled 48 tackles, including five sacks in 37 games. Charles was signed by Detroit as a free agent in 2016 and appeared in 12 games last season for the Lions, earning 12 tackles.