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Mike Peterson signed by Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Mike Peterson, a former University of Florida star who spent the last four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He is the first unrestricted free agent to be signed by the team this year.

One of the AFC's top young linebackers, the 26-year-old Peterson led the Colts with a career-high 173 tackles last season while playing left linebacker. He started all 16 games, with 10 double-digit tackle games (two against the Jaguars). He added three interceptions.

Originally a second-round draft choice, the 6-1, 234-pound Peterson was named to several All-Rookie teams in 1999, when he was second on the Colts in tackles. He led the club with 160 tackles in 2000, then missed half of the 2001 season with a sprained knee before returning for the season finale. For his career, Peterson has played in 57 games (54 starts), making 528 tackles, two fumble recoveries and seven interceptions. He has appeared in the playoffs in three of his four NFL seasons, with double-digit tackles in all three games.

At Florida, Peterson started 24 of 42 games, helping the Gators to four consecutive bowl games. His career totals included 249 tackles, three forced fumbles and 8.5 sacks (63 yards). He led the team in tackles as a senior. He was a teammate of current Jaguars RB Fred Taylor and OT Mike Pearson.

A native of Gainesville (Santa Fe High School), he was a two-time All-State selection as a defensive back, running back and quarterback.

With the signing of Peterson, the Jaguars' roster stands at 64 players.

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