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Jaguars sign veteran defensive end Matt Roth

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The Jacksonville Jaguars signed unrestricted free agent defensive end Matt Roth to a contract, the club announced today.  Punter Durant Brooks was waived from the roster.  Roth becomes the eighth unrestricted free agent to join the team since training camp. 

Roth, 6-4, 275 pounds, is in his seventh NFL season and has played in 87 games with 45 starts for the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns.  He was originally a second-round pick of the Dolphins in 2005 and was claimed off waivers by the Browns midway through the 2009 season.  His career totals include 274 tackles, 20 sacks, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.  He has registered at least three sacks in five straight seasons including a career-high five in 2008. 

Roth started a career-high 16 games in 2010 for the Browns.  He ranked second on the team with 86 tackles and tied for second with 3.5 sacks.

A native of Villa Park, Illinois, Roth was a four-year letterman at Iowa where he played with Jaguars defensive end Aaron Kampman.  He finished his career with 30 sacks and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior.  He attended Willowbrook High School where he was named Illinois High School Athlete of the Year as a senior.

Roth will wear jersey number 90, and rookie defensive end Marc Schiechl will switch to 57. 

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