Jaguars bring back Omameh, put Linder on IR
The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed former offensive lineman Patrick Omameh on Tuesday, while placing center Brandon Linder on injured reserve.
Omameh was released by the New York Giants on Saturday, less than eight months after signing a three-year, $15 million contract in free agency and a few weeks after losing his starting job. The team could have avoided $3 million in dead money against the 2019 salary cap by waiting until after the season to release him.
Omameh, 28, spent 2016 and 2017 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, making 20 starts at left guard, including 13 last season.
His signing provides depth on the interior after Linder was lost for the year to a knee injury that will require surgery.
Linder, the NFL's second-highest-paid center by annual average, is expected to be replaced by Tyler Shatley. Free agent signee Andrew Norwell is entrenched at left guard, while A.J. Cann is the starter on the right side.
Omameh is the second former Giants offensive lineman to sign with the Jaguars midseason. Offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, a former first-round pick by New York, joined Jacksonville in early October after he was waived by the Giants. He played 15 snaps at left tackle on Sunday, his first action at the position for the Jags, but left with knee tendinitis.
The Jaguars also signed linebacker Martrell Spaight on Tuesday, making room on the roster by releasing undrafted rookie cornerback Dee Delaney.
Spaight was waived last week by the Miami Dolphins after playing four games for them this season, logging 90 snaps on special teams.
Delaney was on Jacksonville's practice squad for most of this season before being promoted to the active roster before Week 8. He played just one snap in that game and was inactive on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
--Field Level Media
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