Veteran edge rusher Dawuane Smoot is re-signing with the Jaguars on a 1-year, $2.25M deal

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing back veteran edge rusher Dawuane Smoot on a one-year contract that includes $2.25 million guaranteed.

The Baltimore Ravens helped get the deal done. Smoot had a visit to Baltimore lined up for next week, a pending trip that prompted the Jaguars to hasten negotiations. The sides settled on a low-risk deal for the Jaguars that includes plenty of performance incentives for Smoot, who is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon sustained in December.

The Jaguars expect Smoot to start training camp and the regular season on the physically unable to perform list. He’s likely to return in mid-October.

Smoot, a third-round pick by Jacksonville in 2017, has 22 1/2 sacks over the last four seasons. He played in 15 games off the bench in 2022, notching five sacks, before ending the year on injured reserve.

Once fully healthy, he’s expected to assume a backup role behind starters Josh Allen and Travon Walker.

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