February 19, 1996 in Sports

Jags Sign Free-Agent Searcy

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Jacksonville again was aggressive in free agency, signing Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Leon Searcy to a five-year contract that makes him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL.

The signing comes one day after the Jaguars signed defensive end Alonzo Spellman, one of the Chicago Bears’ transition players, to an offer sheet said to be worth $3 million a year.

The signing of Searcy, who has started every game for the Steelers the past three years, gives them championship experience on an offensive line that already features Tony Boselli, their No. 1 draft pick last year, and Brian DeMarco.

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