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JAGUARS SIGN DL GARY WALKER AS UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT

The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed defensive lineman Gary

Walker, an unrestricted free agent from the Tennessee Titans.

Length and terms of the contract are not disclosed. Walker is the

first free agent to sign with the Jaguars, with the NFL's free agency

period beginning at 12:01 a.m. today.

Walker, 25, is a four-year veteran who led the team's defensive

linemen in tackles the last two seasons. In four seasons with the

Oilers, he started 46 of 62 games played and made 16 sacks,

including a career-high seven sacks in 1997. The 6-2, 295-pound

Walker can play both defensive tackle and defensive end.

In 1998, Walker had a career-high 78 tackles and tied for the team

lead with 13 QB pressures. He had a career-high nine tackles

against the Jaguars on December 13 at ALLTEL Stadium.

A fifth-round draft choice of the Houston Oilers in 1995 (159th

overall), Walker was named to several All-Rookie teams. He was

second-team All-SEC in 1994 at Auburn, where he made 15 sacks

in two seasons after transferring from Hinds Junior College in

Raymond, Miss. Walker is a native of Lavonia, Ga., and he was

All-State at Franklin Academy. He has a son, Gary Jr.

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