JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars addressed their secondary in a big way Wednesday.
They did so by signing a player in the prime of his career with two years NFL experience starting at strong safety.
Rayshawn Jenkins, a fourth-round selection by the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2017 NFL Draft, has agreed to terms to sign with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent. The Jaguars announced the agreement on Wednesday at 4 p.m., the start of the NFL's 2021 League Year.
Jenkins (6-feet-1, 220 pounds), who played collegiately at the University of Miami, started 31 games at strong safety for the Chargers over the last two seasons. He has nine career passes defensed with five interceptions – with all five interceptions in the last two seasons. He also has 1.5 career sacks.
Jenkins, 27, started 32 of 61 games played in four seasons for the Chargers with 152 tackles, 19 on special teams. He started 15 of 15 games played in 2020, registering 81 tackles with two interceptions and a sack.
He started all 16 games in 2019 with 53 tackles, three interceptions and two tackles for loss. Jenkins played collegiately at Miami.
Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer said last week a week before free agency that multiple positions in the secondary likely would be addressed this offseason.
The Jaguars on Wednesday at 4 p.m. also announced they had agreed to terms with 10 other unrestricted free agents: wide receiver/returner Jamal Agnew, defensive lineman Tyson Alualu, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, safety Rudy Ford, cornerback Shaquill Griffin, running back Carlos Hyde, wide receiver Marvin Jones, tight end Chris Manhertz, defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris and defensive end Jihad Ward.
They also announced they acquired defensive tackle Malcolm Brown in a trade from the New Orleans Saints.