The Jaguars made another move to address its defensive line today, re-signing one of their own in defensive end Dawuane Smoot. The deal, according to a report from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport will be a two-year, $14M contract.
Smoot, 26, was originally selected by the Jaguars in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft and had become one of the team’s most important defenders over the past two seasons, leading the team in sacks last year with 5.5.
Playing multiple roles, including filling in on the inside as a defensive tackle, playing primarily as a defensive end.
Prior to the end of the season, Smoot made it clear that he hoped to return to Jacksonville, having started a family within the city along with buying a house. Wanting to be paid “what (he’s) worth,” it appears that got done today, signed by the new regime in Jacksonville.
Over the course of his four years with the team, Smoot totaled 66 tackles (50 solos), 32 quarterback hits and 11.5 total sacks. He tallied 17 quarterback hits just last year.
The Jaguars entered free agency with the challenge of revamping its defensive line, and they’ve already signed two players in Smoot and former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris.
Smoot becomes the fourth player the new regime has retained from the previous era, including left tackle Cam Robinson (franchise tag), offensive lineman Tyler Shatley and cornerback Tre Herndon.