JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars wanted to address the defensive line in free agency.
Among those additions was a player with serious familiarity with the Jaguars' new defensive coordinator.
Jihad Ward, a defensive end who spent the last two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, has agreed to terms to sign with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent. The team announced the agreement Wednesday at 4 p.m., the start of the NFL's 2021 League Year.
Ward (6-feet-5, 287 pounds), 26, a second-round selection by the Oakland Raiders in the 2016 NFL Draft, has started 14 of 51 games played with 59 tackles and eight career sacks. He played the past two seasons for Jaguars defensive coordinator Joe Cullen, the defensive line coach with the Ravens the past five seasons.
Ward, who played collegiately at Illinois, played two seasons with the Raiders then two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before joining the Ravens as free agent in October 2019 after being released by the Colts. The Raiders traded Ward to the Dallas Cowboys for wide receiver Ryan Switzer in April 2018, and he joined the Colts after being released by the Cowboys.
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, safety Rayshawn Jenkins, wide receiver Marvin Jones, tight end Chris Manhertz and defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris.
They also announced they acquired defensive tackle Malcolm Brown in a trade from the New Orleans Saints.