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JAGUARS ACQUIRE UPSHAW IN TRADE WITH BUCCANEERS; WAIVE BURNETT

The Jacksonville Jaguars today traded an undisclosed future draft

choice to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for defensive end Regan

Upshaw. To make room on the roster for Upshaw, the Jaguars

waived MLB Chester Burnett. The NFL trading deadline for the

remainder of 1999 was today.

Upshaw, 24, is a four-year veteran who was a first-round draft

choice out of the University of California in 1996. He started all 47

games in which he played during his first three seasons, missing only

one contest, and he started both of the team's playoff games in

  1. He made 18.5 sacks and 104 tackles, while forcing three

fumbles, recovering one fumble and making one interception. He

ranked as Tampa Bay's 10th leading career sacker. This season, he

played in only one game and was inactive in four others.

The 6-4, 270-pound Upshaw had a career-high 44 tackles and was

second on the Buccaneers with seven sacks last season while

playing for a defense that ranked second in the league. He was the

12th overall draft choice in 1996 after coming out following his

junior season. He made 28 sacks and 142 tackles in three years at

California, and he was first-team All-Pac 10 as a junior. Upshaw is

a native of Pittsburg, Calif., where he was a Parade and USA

Today All-America.

Burnett had been signed by the Jaguars on September 29 after Tom

McManus was placed on injured reserve, but he was inactive for

the three games played while he was on the roster.

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