The Jacksonville Jaguars today were awarded linebacker Nate Bussey off waivers from the New Orleans Saints. Rookie wide receiver Charles Gilbert was waived from the roster.
Bussey, 6-2, 220, was originally a seventh-round draft pick of New Orleans in 2011. He spent his entire rookie season on the club's practice squad before he was signed to the active roster for the postseason. He made his NFL debut in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against Detroit on special teams.
The Washington, D.C. native was a four-year letterman and two-year starter at Illinois. He finished his career with 156 tackles (96 solo) and started the final 18 games of his career. Bussey started all 13 games as a senior and earned All-Big Ten honorable mention honors. He starred at quarterback and safety at Dunbar High School where he was a teammate of current NFL players Arrelious Benn (WR, Tampa Bay) and Vontae Davis (CB, Miami).
Bussey will wear jersey number 46.