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Jaguars Waive Shepherd, Sign Fordham

The Jacksonville Jaguars today waived offensive lineman Gannon Shepherd and signed Todd Fordham, who was with the team from 1997 to 2000. Fordham can play both guard and offensive tackle.

Fordham left the Jaguars in the offseason, when he was signed by the Denver Broncos as an unrestricted free agent on April 17. However, he didn't make the Broncos' opening day roster and was released on September 2 in the final cuts. Originally signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie out of Florida State, Fordham played in 28 games for the Jaguars, starting nine times, including the final eight games of 2000. Last season, he replaced an injured Zach Wiegert at right tackle in the eighth game and helped pave the way for most of Fred Taylor's nine-straight 100-yard games and 1,399-yard season. At Florida State, he played in 44 games.

Shepherd was a first-year pro who played in the season opener vs. Pittsburgh, blocking on the extra point and field goal units. In 2000, he had three stints with Chicago and two with Jacksonville, spending most of the year on practice squads and the final three games on the Jaguars' 53-man roster (though he was inactive).

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