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JAGUARS SIGN QB JAMIE MARTIN

The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed free agent quarterback Jamie Martin, a four-year NFL veteran who spent 1993 through '96 with the Rams and last season with the Redskins. He is the third quarterback on the team's roster, joining Mark Brunell and Steve Matthews. Length and terms of Martin's contract are undisclosed.

Martin, 28, spent the 1997 training camp with the St. Louis Rams before being waived on August 19 in the cut to 60. He was signed by the Washington Redskins on December 2 but did not see action. The Redskins did not tender him a qualifying offer this offseason.

Martin was originally signed as an undrafted rookie by the Los Angeles Rams in 1993, spending 11 games on the team's practice squad and five games as the inactive third quarterback. In 1994, Martin was on the roster for half of the year and active for one game. In '95, he spent the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list after suffering a broken collarbone in the World League, where he led the London Monarchs to an 8-1 record and a berth in the World Bowl. In 1996, Martin was the Rams' backup quarterback. He played in six games, completing 23 of 34 passes for 241 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

The 6-2, 210-pound Martin earned the Walter Payton Trophy as the Division 1-AA Player of the Year as a junior at Weber State when he threw 35 TD passes. He finished his collegiate career fifth in NCAA history with 12,287 yards total offense and 12,207 passing yards. Martin is a native of Orange, Calif.

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