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'15 free agency: Jaguars sign WR/PR Bryan Walters


JACKSONVILLE – This is a little old and a little new for Bryan Walters.

Walters, a wide receiver/punt returner who spent last season with the Seattle Seahawks, signed with the Jaguars on Friday. He said without question he sees comparisons between his former team and his new one.

But his opportunity in Jacksonville?

That's new, and that's what he was excited about early Friday afternoon.

"I'm known as a punt returner, but I see myself being a solid slot receiver in this league and being able to be more versatile," Walters said at EverBank Field Friday shortly after signing with the Jaguars as a free agent.

He could get the opportunity in Jacksonville to be just that.

The Jaguars pursued Randall Cobb of Green Bay as an unrestricted free agent last week, but he re-signed with the Packers. Ace Sanders caught 51 passes for 484 yards and a touchdown as a Jaguars rookie in 2013, but caught just six passes for 55 yards in 12 games last season.

Wide receiver Tandon Doss, signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Baltimore Ravens last offseason, spent last season on injured reserve and remains on the roster. He led the NFL in punt returns in 2013 with a 15.6-yard average.

"There are a lot of good players here," Walters said. "It's just a matter of picking somewhere you're comfortable, and I think it's going to be a good fit. I feel like I haven't even touched what I can do in this league. The opportunity is the big thing for me. I feel like that's all I need, is to get to a place where I can play. That's why I'm excited to be here."

Walters (6-feet-0, 190 pounds), a second-year veteran who originally signed as an undrafted rookie with the San Diego Chargers shortly after the 2010 NFL Draft, has spent time with Minnesota and Seattle. His most extensive on-field experience came with Seattle last season.

He has appeared in 21 games with one start in three seasons, catching three passes for 27 yards with San Diego in 2011, then playing extensively as a punt returner with Seattle last season.

Walters, who played collegiately at Cornell, caught six passes for 57 yards last season while playing in a career-high 13 games, returning 27 punts for a 7.7-yards-per-return average. He has nine career receptions for 84 yards and 35 career punt returns for 252 yards.

"The culture (Head Coach) Gus Bradley has brought here reminds me of Seattle, as far as the positive atmosphere and competing," Walters said. "It's just exciting. It's up and coming. It's a young team. There's a lot of potential here and also a lot of opportunity."

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