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Williams signs deal


The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed in principle to terms with first round pick wide receiver Reggie Williams, with paperwork being finalized. Williams is traveling to Jacksonville and is expected to arrive to sign his contract when he reports for training camp on Saturday.

Williams, 21, was the ninth overall selection in the draft and was the highest drafted wide receiver by the Jaguars in team history. The 6-4, 223-pound receiver started 32 of his 36 career games with 238 receptions for 3,536 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns in three seasons with Washington. The Lakewood, Washington native earned All-America honors as a junior and sophomore and earned All-Conference honors as a true freshman.

The Jaguars also signed eighth-year guard Chris Naeole to a multi-year contract extension. Terms and length were not disclosed. Naeole has started 32 consecutive games with the Jaguars since signing as an unrestricted free agent in 2002. He has started 95 of 99 career games after being drafted in the first round of the 1997 NFL draft by New Orleans out of Colorado.

The Jaguars claimed veteran defensive tackle Willie Blade and placed second-year defensive tackle Matt Leonard on waived/injured reserve. Blade, a second-year veteran, started 14 of 15 games with the Dallas Cowboys in 2003 finishing with 18 tackles (13 solo), one sack and eight quarterback pressures. He was waived by the Cowboys on July 26. He was claimed by the New York Giants on July 27 and waived on July 29.

When Williams signs, the Jaguars will have all 90 players under contract for the start of practice beginning Saturday.

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