The Jaguars have about $600,000 in salary cap room after signing former Denver Broncos fullback Detron Smith to a one-year "beneficial salary program" contract. Smith will be paid a minimum-wage $525,000 salary, but will count $475,000 on the Jaguars' 2002 salary cap. That figure includes a $25,000 signing bonus.
Smith, 5-10, 230, has spent all six years of his NFL career in Denver, where he was named to the 1999 Pro Bowl as a special teams player. The 28-year-old Smith was a third-round pick of the Broncos in 1996 from Texas A&M.
The Jaguars' roster is now at 70 players, following several additions since last Thursday. Those roster additions were highlighted by unrestricted free agent guard Chris Naeole, who signed a seven-year voidable contract this past Friday. Naeole got an $800,000 signing bonus on a contract that will void following the 2004 season. He will earn a minimum-wage $525,000 salary this year and will count $640,000 on the Jaguars' 2002 salary cap.
Naeole, 27, will be paid salaries of $900,000 in 2003 and $1 million in '04. He was a first-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in 1997, when he was that draft's 10th overall selection. In the last four seasons, all of them with the Saints, the former Colorado star was a starter in 65 of 66 games (including playoffs). The 6-3, 313-pound Naeole was the first draft choice of Mike Ditka after he became head coach of the Saints.
"Chris Naeole is a former first-round draft choice who is an outstanding offensive lineman with size and ability, who will give us more veteran experience on the offensive line," Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said.
The Jaguars also announced the signing of placekicker Jaret Holmes to a one-year, exclusive-rights tender contract last Friday. Holmes, who handled the Jaguars' kickoff duties for the last four games of last season, would earn $450,000 this year, but he must first win the kicking job in a battle with newly-signed Derek Schorejs.
Schorejs was signed to a minimum-wage deal last Thursday and would earn $225,000. Schorejs, 6-0, 220, has been in training camps with the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets, though he has not appeared in an NFL regular-season game. The 28-year-old Schorejs played for the Florida Bobcats of the Arena League in 1998 and in the semipro Mid-Continental Football League from 1996-98. He played collegiately at Bowling Green, where he scored 60 points and kicked a 60-yard field goal in '95.
The Jaguars also signed three other players to tender offers last Thursday: running backs Elvis Joseph and Reggie White, and quarterback Roderick Robinson. All three players will be paid $300,000.