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Report: Jaguars to sign former Seahawks DT Al Woods

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The Jaguars addressed one of their biggest needs heading into the 2020 NFL free agency period.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have addressed one of their more concerning positions after reportedly agreeing to terms with former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Al Woods, according to his agency.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Jaguars are signing Woods to a one-year, $2.75 million deal. The deal includes $1 million guaranteed.

Woods, 32, was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. The 6-foot-4, 330-pound, defensive tackle has played for multiple teams including, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, and most recently the Seattle Seahawks.

Last season was the defensive tackle’s second stint with the Seahawks after first joining the team in 2011 before moving on. In 2019, Woods tallied 32 tackles (16 solos), three tackles for loss, one quarterback hit, and one sack while starting five games. Typically playing nose tackle, the impressive run defender was graded highly by Pro Football Focus (77.7 run defense grade), and accounted for 13 stops.

In his career, Woods has accumulated 204 tackles (109 solos), 19 tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hits, and 5.5 sacks in 48 career starts.

Woods brings an added boost to a defense which desperately needed more help against the run, especially after moving on from veteran defensive tackle Marcell Dareus earlier this year. While he is 32, Woods has never played more than 500 snaps in a single season throughout his career, so he should have present fresh legs for the Jaguars defense next season.