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The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed linebackers Bryan Schwartz and Kevin Hardy and guard Rich Tylski to new contracts. Length and terms of the deals are undisclosed.

Schwartz was a restricted free agent who had been tendered a qualifying offer from the team, while Hardy and Tylski signed extended contracts.

Schwartz was the Jaguars' leading tackler in 1997 with 165 tackles. He has started 28 of 34 career games played over three seasons. Schwartz missed the last 12 regular-season games in 1996 after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery.

Hardy has started 26 of 29 games played in his two-year career, missing three games in 1997 with a sprained knee. He was named to the NFL All-Rookie team in 1996, and last season he had 73 tackles to rank fifth on the team. Hardy has eight sacks in two seasons.

Tylski has started at guard for 20 of the team's last 23 regular-season games, dating back to 1996. He won a 1997 training camp battle with Brian DeMarco for the starting job at right guard, though he started twice at left guard when Tony Boselli was injured.


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