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Compton a Jag

The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed unrestricted free agent offensive tackle Mike Compton from the New England Patriots to a new contract.

Compton, 34, started the first two games of 2003 for the Super Bowl Champion Patriots before being placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season with a leg injury. Until last season, the 12th year veteran, had only missed two starts in the previous seven seasons, playing at every position on the offensive line. He has started 119 of 138 career games.

The 6-6, 310-pounder began his career with the Detroit Lions after being drafted in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played nine seasons in Detroit, highlighted in 1997, when Barry Sanders rushed for over 2,000 yards and had 14 100-yard games. He started the last three seasons in New England, picking up two Super Bowl championship rings after signing as a free agent in 2001.

The Jaguars now have 67 players under contract.

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