JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars addressed safety depth Wednesday.
They did so by signing a player who played at a high level while in the Alliance of American Football.
Cody Brown, a safety who most recently played for the AAF’s Salt Lake Stallions, on Wednesday signed a contract with the Jaguars. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“It was a good experience, and another opportunity,” Brown said of his AAF experience. “It served its purpose for the most part. It was good to continue to play the sport you love.”
Brown played in all eight games for the Stallions. The AAF, which began play in early February, suspended its football operations on April 2 with two games remaining in the regular season. The league two days later announced that players were free to sign contracts with NFL teams.
“It was tough as far as trying to figure out what the next step was,” Brown said. “We had two more weeks, so nobody was thinking those things through at that moment. They told us right before we went to practice that we had to find our own way home, and that was our last night in the hotel.
“It was just a scramble to try to get your stuff together and find a ride home.”
The day after being informed of the league suspending operations, Brown returned to his hometown of Houston, Texas.
“I drove 22 hours from Salt Lake to Houston,” Brown said. “We woke up that morning and left. We stopped at the top of Texas, got another hotel and then drove the rest of the way. They had told us, ‘If you stay in the hotel another night, you have to pay for it on your own.’’’
Brown said the Jaguars contacted him April 4, the day teams were permitted to sign AAF players.
“It was a good feeling, because the whole drive home you’re like, ‘Now, what?’’’ Brown said. “When you originally signed a contract with the AAF, it was three years. That’s three years where you had an idea of what you were going to do.
“That (the league suspending operations) happened and it’s back to Square One, so it was a lot of relief.”
Brown (6-feet-2, 207 pounds), who played collegiately for Arkansas State, registered 40 tackles and an interception in eight AAF games. He earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors in 2015 and was on the Jim Thorpe Award Watch list during his final college season of 2016.