Official: Cunningham signs

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JACKSONVILLE – The quest for depth continues.

The Jaguars, after addressing offensive line and running back depth in recent days, addressed the latter position again Tuesday – and got significant special teams help, too.

Benny Cunningham, a running back who played the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears, signed with the Jaguars an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday afternoon.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“I’m just excited to have the opportunity,” the seventh-year veteran from Middle Tennessee State University said. “I feel like this place will be home for me. I’m excited to get started. …

“There are pieces in place that this team can win the Super Bowl. I just want to be part of something special.”

Cunningham (5-feet-10, 218 pounds), who originally signed with the St. Louis Rams as a collegiate free agent shortly after the 2013 NFL Draft, has rushed for 797 yards and four touchdowns on 191 carries in six NFL seasons. He has 1,001 yards and three touchdowns on 114 career receptions.

He also has a 26.3-yard average on 110 career kickoff returns, with a career-long of 102 yards on a return for the Rams in 2015 that did not result in a touchdown.

Cunningham spent four seasons with the Rams, signing with the Bears as a free agent in 2017. He largely was a special teams player with Chicago, rushing 14 times for 36 yards in two seasons there.

“It’s an understanding for the role I’ve developed in the league,” Cunningham said of special teams. “It’s the expectations teams have of me and the expectation I have of myself. I embody that as my role; I look forward to it and take pride in it.

“Anything to do with the game, I love it. That’s why I’ve been playing for so long.”

Cunningham became the 11th free agent signed by the Jaguars since the March 13 start of the 2019 NFL League Year. The team has signed quarterback Nick Foles (Philadelphia), running back Alfred Blue (Houston), tight end Geoff Swaim (Dallas), wide receiver Chris Conley (Kansas City), offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (Cincinnati) and linebacker Jake Ryan (Green Bay) in addition to re-signing four players from last year’s team who had become free agents: right guard A.J. Cann, tight end James O’Shaughnessy, offensive tackle Josh Wells and guard/center Tyler Shatley.

Cunningham and Foles were teammates with the Rams in 2015.

“I can’t wait to call Nick, talk to him and catch up,” he said.

Take a look back at the career of newly signed Jaguars running back, Benny Cunningham.

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