The Jaguars placed safety Donovin Darius on injured reserve and re-signed fourth-year guard Derrick Fletcher and eighth-year defensive tackle Martin Chase to contracts today. Both players had been released on Sept. 3 in final cuts in the preseason. Wide receiver/kick returner Chad Owens was signed to the practice squad.
Fletcher, 30, spent 15 weeks on the Jaguars practice squad in 2004 before being elevated to the active roster for the final two weeks of the season. The 6-6, 350-pound lineman was originally drafted in the fifth round by New England in 1999 and has spent time with New Orleans, Washington and Carolina.
Chase, 30, had spent the previous season with the New York Giants before being waived on Feb. 22. He missed the entire 2004 season after being placed on injured reserve Aug. 30 with a knee injury. He had signed with the Giants as an unrestricted free agent in 2004 after one season in Washington. He also has spent time with New Orleans and Baltimore, where he was selected in the fifth round of the 1998 NFL draft.
Darius, 30, has started all 105 games played in Jacksonville after being drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL draft by the Jaguars out of Syracuse. He had eight tackles and one pass defensed this season in the first two games. The 6-1, 225-pounder holds the team's all-time records with 798 tackles and 19 takeaways and has surpassed 100-tackles six times in seven seasons.