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Report: Rashaan Melvin signing 1-year, $2.25 million deal with Jaguars

Rashaan Melvin, Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars are signing cornerback Rashaan Melvin to a one-year deal worth $2.25 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Melvin spent the 2019 campaign with the Detroit Lions, playing in 13 games and registering 68 tackles and 11 passes defended.

The 30-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Northern Illinois, went undrafted in 2013 but was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent.

However, Melvin never actually played a game for the Buccaneers, instead making his NFL debut with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014, where he appeared in three contests and logged 17 tackles and a forced fumble.

Melvin then played in nine games between the Ravens and New England Patriots the following season, finishing with just seven tackles.

It wasn’t until 2016 that Melvin got his first real opportunity, as he joined the Indianapolis Colts and participated in 15 games with nine starts. During that time, he totaled 60 tackles, a couple of forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and seven passes defended.

The Waukegan, Il. native returned to the Colts in 2017, this time starting all 10 contests in which he played and finishing with 36 tackles, three interceptions and 13 passes defended.

That ensuing offseason, Melvin linked up with the Oakland Raiders. In 2018, he played in 14 games and made seven starts for the club. He accumulated 56 tackles, a pick and nine passes defended during that stretch.

The Jaguars are coming off a season in which they won six games and finished in last place in the AFC South. However, with Gardner Minshew officially under center as the starter with Nick Foles gone and an impressive group of young receivers, there is quite a bit to be excited about in Jacksonville for the future.