JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars made a move to address offensive line depth Friday.
In so doing, they also got a lot more experienced on the interior of an offensive line where the eventual starting lineup remains uncertain.
Mackenzy Bernadeau, a ninth-year NFL veteran who spent the last four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, has signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent. The team announced the signing late Friday afternoon.
Bernadeau met with Jaguars coaches throughout the day Friday and signed late Friday afternoon.
"I saw how great the facility is, how great the weight room is," Bernadeau said. "I got along with the coaching staff and the strength-and-conditioning coach [Tom Mysinski]. That was a key selling point."
Bernadeau (6-feet-4, 322 pounds), originally a seventh-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, has started 48 of 95 games played in the NFL. He has played extensively at left and right guard, and also started two games at center for Dallas in 2008.
"I'm going to come in and I'm going to compete," he said. "I can play guard and I can play center. It's just an opportunity to come in and play. There are some roles they need to fill, and I'm just excited about the opportunity to come in and play."
He has played in all 16 games six of the last seven seasons, and played all 16 games in all four of his seasons with the Cowboys.
Bernadeau started all 16 games for Dallas in 2012 and was part of an offense that produced 5,994 yards. He played collegiately at Bentley, starting all 37 games there and being named Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year as a junior and senior.
Images of new Jaguars offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau.
He also was named American Football Coaches Association All-America and first-team All-Northeast-10 Conference.
The Jaguars' starting offensive line remains uncertain. Stefen Wisniewski, who started all 16 games at center last season, is an unrestricted free agent.
Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said Thursday re-signing Wisniewski has not been ruled out, and he also mentioned guards Brandon Linder and A.J. Cann as well as Tyler Shatley and Luke Bowanko as possibilities at center.
"I know there's a plan they have, and being able to play those three positions will help," Bernadeau said. "That helps in any situation, no matter what my role is. I think it's a key point and [versatility is important] No matter what position you are, no matter what stage you are in your career.
"I'm just happy I'm able to do all of those positions and help contribute." [