Not long after it was reported that the Jaguars would be re-signing soon-to-be unrestricted free agent guard Tyler Shatley to a one-year contract, the team announced it has signed cornerback Tre Herndon, who was slated to become a restricted free agent.
#Jaguars announced that they have re-signed third-year CB Tre Herndon.— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) March 12, 2021
“Herndon, 5-11, 185, has appeared in 43 games and made 26 starts in his three-year career in Jacksonville,” the team said in its press release.
“He was the only undrafted rookie to make the opening day roster in 2018 and played in all 16 games in both 2019 and 2020. The Vanderbilt product played in 16 games (12 starts) and recorded a career-high 76 tackles in the 2020 season. He started 14 of 16 games in 2019 and registered 54 tackles, 13 passes defensed and three INTs.”
It was not disclosed how long Herndon would remain a Jaguar, nor has it been reported on how much the team will pay. Herndon was expected to be a restricted free agent at the start of the new league year, and the team did not announce that it has tendered him at any level, locking him up for an undisclosed period of time, instead.
With Herndon returning to Jacksonville for 2021, the Jaguars have an experienced starter within its defensive secondary. He will add to the team’s depth at the position, while also adding immense value as a special teams player.
Last week, Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer stated that the team’s defensive secondary “needs to be revamped in a few spots.” Herndon is unlikely to alter that thought process. Look for the Jaguars to continue adding talent within its secondary during free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.