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Jaguars sign cornerback Rashean Mathis to contract

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis to a contract, the club announced today.  Mathis was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13.  Length and terms of the contract are undisclosed.

Mathis ranks fourth in franchise history with 125 starts and sixth with 125 games played after he was selected in the second round of the 2003 draft.  He and Brad Meester (2000) are the longest-tenured Jaguars on the roster. Mathis holds franchise records with 30 career interceptions, three interception returns for touchdowns, 512 interception return yards and 35 takeaways.  His career totals include 538 tackles, the sixth-most in team history, along with four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 103 passes defensed and 13 tackles for loss.

Mathis started the first nine games of the 2011 season before suffering a season-ending knee injury on November 13 at Indianapolis.  Despite missing the final seven games, he finished the season leading the team with 12 passes defensed and added 36 tackles, one interception, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection (2006, 2007), Mathis is a Jacksonville native and played at Englewood High School.  He started 74 consecutive games to begin his career before missing two games in 2007, the second-longest streak in franchise history.  He has recorded three of the four longest interception returns in team history including a 72-yard return for a touchdown against Pittsburgh on October 5, 2008.

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