The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed defensive end Clyde Simmons and waived defensive tackle Corey Mayfield. Simmons had been released by the Arizona Cardinals on Monday.
The 32-year-old Simmons spent eight years with the Philadelphia Eagles and two seasons with the Cardinals. One of the topo pass rushers in the NFL, he has 93.5 career sacks, including 11 last season (eight in the final eight games), which tied for fifth on the NFC. That was his best total since making 19 sacks to lead the league in 1992.
In 10 NFL seasons, Simmons has scored five touchdowns, blocked four field-goal attempots and four extra point tries, forced 16 fumbles and recovered 13 fumbles. He has never missed a game during his career, having played in 156 straight.
A ninth-round draft choice in 1986 out of Western Carolina, Simmons is the second all-time leading sacker in the Eagles history behind Reggie White. He played in the Pro-Bowl following the 1991 and 1992 seasons, when he had 13 and 19 sacks, respectively. He was named All-Pro both of those seasons.
A first-team Division I-AA All-American at Western Carolina in 1985, Simmons played primarily on special teams as a rookie. He moved into the starting lineup at right defensive end in 1987 and has made double-digit sacks in four of his 10 seasons. He was born in Lanes, S.C., but he has lived in Ponte Vedra Beach during the past off-seasons.
Mayfield, 26, has played in all 16 games for the Jaguars in 1995, starting four of the final five games. he made 34 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He recovered the first fumble in Jaguars history in the season opener and combined with Jeff Lageman for the first sack in franchise history a week later.