JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars moved Tuesday to retain a pair of ascending players.
Wide receiver Keelan Cole and linebacker Austin Calitro, a pair of young players who have made key contributions in recent seasons, each received tender offers from the Jaguars Tuesday. Cole received a second-round tender as a restricted free agent and Calitro received a tender offer as an exclusive rights free agent.
Cole, who originally signed with the Jaguars as a collegiate free agent from Kentucky Wesleyan following the 2017 NFL Draft, is scheduled to become a restricted free agent Wednesday at the 4 p.m. start of the 2020 League Year.
If Cole signs an offer sheet from a new team, the Jaguars would have the right to match the offer; if the Jaguars didn't match such an offer, they would receive a second-round selection from the signing team.
Cole has 104 career receptions for 1,600 yards and seven touchdowns in three NFL seasons. He caught 24 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns this past season, and caught a career-high 42 passes for 748 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie in 2017.
Calitro, who originally signed as an collegiate free agent with the New York Jets after the 2017 NFL Draft, was claimed by the Jaguars last September off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks. He played in 13 games for the Jaguars with four starts last season. He registered 38 tackles on defense with a sack, four tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries with a pass defensed.
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