Official: Wells re-signs

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JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars continued addressing offensive-line depth Tuesday.

For the second time in less than a week, they addressed it with a player who has played extensively for the Jaguars in recent seasons.

Josh Wells, a fifth-year veteran and the Jaguars’ swing tackle in recent seasons, re-signed with the team on Tuesday. He became an unrestricted free agent March 13.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“It’s a blessing,” Wells told jaguars.com Tuesday. 

Wells, who originally signed with the Jaguars as a collegiate free agent from James Madison shortly after the 2014 NFL Draft, has started nine of 39 games played with the Jaguars. He started four games in 2018, then got a major opportunity at left tackle this past season.

Wells moved into the starting lineup when starting left tackle Cam Robinson sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a Week 2 victory over New England. Wells started Weeks 3-5 before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.

He returned to start two December games at right tackle before missing the regular-season finale against Houston with a concussion. He finished the 2018 season with a career-high five starts.

Wells’ re-signing marks the second time in less than a week the Jaguars re-signed an offensive lineman who played a key role as a reserve in recent seasons. They re-signed sixth-year veteran swing guard Tyler Shatley this past Friday.

The Jaguars now have 10 offensive linemen on the roster, including projected starters Robinson, left guard Andrew Norwell, center Brandon Linder and right guard A.J. Cann. The other offensive linemen on the roster: Shatley, Wells, center KC McDermott, guard Brandon Thomas, right tackle Will Richardson and right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi.

The Jaguars re-signed Cann hours into free agency on March 13, and signed Ogbuehi as a free agent March 16. Ogbuehi was a first-round selection by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015.

“I’m excited to be part of it,” Wells said. “There’s a lot going on and they’re doing everything they can do put the right people in place. I’m just excited to start winning.”

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