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Wade signs new contract


Center John Wade has been signed to a one-year contract that will pay Wade the league-minimum $525,000. Wade, who became an unrestricted free agent on March 1, played only on special teams in 2001 and was sidelined for 14 games in 2000, following a foot injury in that year's training camp. That injury required surgery last summer.

Wade's salary cap number will be $460,000, which includes a $10,000 signing bonus. The reduced cap number is the result of the NFL's "beneficial salary" program that allows certain veterans to be "capped" at an amount less than their salary.

The Jaguars also signed defensive tackle Tim Morabito, 6-3, 296, who was released by Carolina on Sept. 2, 2001. In five NFL seasons, Morabito has played in 55 games while starting 38. He has career totals of 134 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in four seasons with Carolina and his rookie season with Cincinnati. He was originally signed by the Bengals as an undrafted rookie free agent in 1996. Morabito, 28, played at Boston College for coach Tom Coughlin.

The Jaguars' roster count now stands at 62 players.

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