The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fourth-year LB Josh McNaryas an unrestricted free agent, the club announced today.
McNary, 6-0, 251, appeared in 49 games for the Indianapolis Colts after originally being signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted rookie on April 11, 2013. During his four seasons with Indianapolis, McNary totaled 60 tackles (40 solo). He spent part of the 2013 season on the team's practice squad before being promoted to the 53-man roster on Nov. 26, 2013, and appearing in the final five games of the season, totaling 12 tackles (10 solo) during his rookie campaign. In 2014, McNary played in 15 games with a career-high four starts and posted a career-high 23 tackles (14 solo), as well as five special teams tackles. In 2015, McNary appeared in 13 games with one start and registered 11 tackles (seven solo), as well as three special teams tackles. Last season in 2016, McNary appeared in all 16 games for the first time in his career (three starts) and totaled 14 tackles (nine solo), as well as a team-high nine special teams tackles.
McNary, a native of Houston, attended Army where he totaled 195 tackles (117 solo), 49.0 tackles for loss, 28.0 sacks, nine passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 46 career games. McNary graduated as Army's all-time career leader in sacks and tackles for loss and is the only player in school history to record two double-digit sack seasons. McNary, who holds school records for the most sacks in a single game (4.0) and a single season (12.5), was honored with the 2011 East-West Shrine Game Pat Tillman Award, given to the player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service.
McNary was an all-district selection at Clear Lake (Texas) High School and he made the transition from SS to DT at beginning of senior year and led the team in sacks. His father, George, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with rank of captain; his grandfather, George McNary, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War; his maternal grandfather, Aaron Figgs, served in the U.S. Army during World War II; and his uncle, Ron McNary, currently holds the rank of first sergeant while serving in the U.S. Army.