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Jaguars sign Jermaine Lewis

The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed wide receiver/kick returner Jermaine Lewis, who was released by the Houston Texans on February 20.

Lewis, 28, is a seven-year veteran who was selected in the 2002 expansion draft by the Texans and played one season in Houston after a six-year stay in Baltimore. Last season, Lewis played in 12 games, starting one at wide receiver, and finished sixth in the AFC in punt returns averaging 7.8 yards a return. He also returned a career-high 46 kickoffs and added two receptions for 41 yards.

A former fifth-round draft pick out of Maryland in 1996, Lewis played in 88 games, starting 30 for the Ravens and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 2001. In 2001, he led the NFL in punt returns with 519 yards and a 16.1 yard average, which was tops all-time in the NFL with at least 30 returns. In 2000, Lewis returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown in the Ravens Super Bowl victory.

A native of Lanham, Md., Lewis and his wife Imara have a son, Ali. Lewis will wear jersey No. 84.

The Jaguars' roster stands at 64 players.

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