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Jacksonville not signing free agent CB Darqueze Dennard after all

Darqueze Dennard, Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars will no longer be signing free agent cornerback Darqueze Dennard after initially agreeing to terms last week. According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement on the final contract terms. Dennard is now set to become a free agent once again. The Jaguars also confirmed this in a statement (h/t Sports Illustrated).

Following a standout career at Michigan State, Dennard was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Dennard has played exceptionally well in his six seasons with the Bengals, recording 274 tackles, five tackles for loss, three interceptions, and 22 pass deflections.

Dennard started off his NFL career with multiple injuries, which limited him to only four starts in the first three seasons of his career. This past season, Dennard missed seven games due to an offseason arthroscopic knee surgery. The 28-year-old started in five games and recorded 37 tackles, two quarterback hits, and five pass deflections.

Nevertheless, Dennard has plenty of experience at both outside and inside cornerback. When the Jaguars announced the signing of Dennard last week, head coach Doug Marrone spoke out about the veteran cornerback:

“We feel really good about his skill level to play outside,” Marrone said. “He’s a press corner and wants to play outside. He wants to prove that he can do it, and we believe that he can, so it was a good fit for us.

As for the Jaguars, their depth of cornerbacks now consists of Rashaan Melvin, Parry Nickerson, D.J. Hayden, Brandon Watson, and Tre Herndon. Their secondary will most certainly take a hit without the signing of Lennard.