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Jacksonville Jaguars to sign former Detroit Lions CB Rashaan Melvin

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The Jaguars continue to add to their depleted defensive backfield.

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According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jaguars are signing former Detroit Lions cornerback Rashaan Melvin. The deal is set at one-year, $2.25 million, marking the third low-level contract the Jaguars have given thus far this offseason.

Melvin, 30, entered the league in 2013 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois. Thus far in his career, Melvin has played for seven different teams including the Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, and most recently, the Detroit Lions.

In his seven-year career, Melvin has tallied 244 total tackles, four interceptions, and 41 passes defensed in 40 starts. According to Pro Football Focus, Melvin’s best coverage season came in 2017 as a member of the Colts. Melvin earned a coverage grade of 75.9 and tallied 10 pass breakups and three interceptions in 346 coverage snaps.

The Jaguars had to address the defensive backfield after trading former Pro Bowl cornerback A.J. Bouye to the Denver Broncos earlier this month. Thus far they’ve added former Bengals corner/nickel back Darqueze Dennard, and soon they’ll be adding Melvin to the bunch.

Melvin will become the second-oldest Jaguars player on the team after nose tackle Al Woods (31).