JACKSONVILLE – He's a few hours north, and that's not all that changed.
Jared Odrick, after spending his first five NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins, officially signed with the Jaguars on Wednesday, a move that for him means changing teams, city and positions.
But to hear Odrick tell it, moving positions along the defensive line with his new team isn't too, too big of a deal.
"Right now it doesn't feel like it, but we'll find out," Odrick said Wednesday upon signing his contract at EverBank Field. "I'm a guy who does multiple things well. I'm looking to plug into where I fit in."
Odrick (6-feet-5, 304 pounds), a first-round selection by the Dolphins in the 2010 NFL Draft from Penn State University, played defensive tackle in Miami, but it is expected he'll play the strong-side, five-technique spot in Head Coach Gus Bradley's defense.
"Obviously, three-technique is somewhere I've exceled, but also the five and the four," Odrick said. "Playing D-line and anywhere on it hasn't been a problem for me. I've flourished and I think it's a huge asset of mine that I've got a multitude of skill sets."
Odrick, who played in 65 games in his first five seasons, started 41 games during his career and hasn't missed a game in the last four seasons. He has registered 16.5 sacks, forcing three fumbles.
Odrick was one of the top available ends in free agency. He is joining perhaps the team's deepest position group, one that helped the team to 45 sacks and a group that emphasizes rotation. Red Bryant and Tyson Alualu shared time at the strong-side end spot last season with Bryant playing 536 snaps and Alualu playing 471.
"I'm excited to be a part of this D-Line," Odrick said. "When we played them last year as a Miami Dolphin, we didn't have any sacks, but Jacksonville sure did. It's definitely something I'm proud to be a part of."
Odrick added that that was true of the Jaguars and the city of Jacksonville.
"It's really cool to be here and be a part of this," Odrick said. "Not only does the organization feel like it's on the rise, but the city as a whole. It's awesome to get that type of feeling when you step off of the plane. We're looking for the future instead of hanging on to the past.
"It feels new and it feels fresh. I'm excited to be a part of that."
Odrick also paid a tribute to a groundbreaking free agent from a past era upon signing, saying, "Thank you, Reggie White. Thank you, Reggie White." White was one of the first players to sign a multi-year, megadollar contract when he signed a $17 million contract with the Green Bay Packers in 1993.
Of his own free-agent contract, he added, "It is a big deal. When you first come into the league you hope to finish out your first contract and start setting your eyes on the next one. It's a goal I set a long time ago. It's a happy experience to finally sign on that line."
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed former Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Jared Odrick.