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JAGUARS REACH VERBAL AGREEMENT WITH CARNELL LAKE

The Jacksonville Jaguars have reached a verbal agreement on a

contract with Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Carnell Lake.

Lake will be in Jacksonville on Saturday to sign his contract and

take a physical. A media availability is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the

family waiting room at ALLTEL Stadium. Length and terms of

Lake's contract are not disclosed. He will be the second free agent

to sign with the Jaguars, following defensive lineman Gary Walker

of the Tennessee Titans, who signed a contract on Friday.

Lake, 31, is a three-time All-Pro selection and has played in four

Pro Bowls. He is a big-play defender who has started at both safety

and cornerback over 10 seasons with the Steelers.

In 1998, Lake started all 16 games at left cornerback. He made 63

tackles, four interceptions, one fumble recovery, one sack and 16

passes defensed. In 10 years, Lake has started all 154 games in

which he has played, missing only six games because of injuries

(and none since 1996). He has 16 career interceptions (three for

touchdowns), 16 forced fumbles and 16 fumble recoveries (two for

TDs). Lake has also made 738 tackles (614 solo), as well as 21.5

sacks, the most ever for a Steelers defensive back.

Lake was a second-round draft choice of the Steelers in 1989, when

he earned first-team All-Rookie honors. He was a three-year

starter and All-America selection as an outside linebacker at

UCLA. He was an honorable mention All-America at Culver City

High School in Inglewood, Calif. Lake and his wife, Monica, have a

daughter, Siena.

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