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2021 NFL free agency news: Shaquill Griffin signing with Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly expected to sign former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

According to our friends at Field Gulls, Griffin was one of the Seahawks’ top free agents this year. But Seahawks fans knew his time was near an end in Seattle.

According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Griffin and the Seahawks are not really on the same wavelength as far as money.

“The Seahawks would love to have him back,” Garafolo said. “But they’ve had some discussions and are not in the same ballpark on money right now. So Griffin is going to go to the market and see what’s available there and Seattle is saying ‘hey keep us in the loop, because we’d be interested in having you back at a certain number.’”

Garafolo also doesn’t see any “eye-popping” deals made for cornerbacks this free agency period but sees the likes of Ronald Darby, Mike Hilton, and Michael Davis landing some quality contracts as second-tier signings.

Griffin had an up-and-down season in 2020 despite missing some time due to a bad hamstring. He had a career-high three interceptions to go along with 12 passes defensed, but he was picked on heavily to start the year and Pro Football Reference has him down for allowing six touchdowns. You could argue that 2019 was his best season but while he’s been a net positive his consistency has been an issue.

Griffin will join a secondary that features C.J. Henderson, Sidney Jones, and Tre Herndon. I’d expect Griffin to challenge Jones for one of the outside spots while Herndon plays the slot.