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Jaguars sign Matt Roth


Matt Roth is heading to Jacksonville.

Roth had been telling people that he was available to whatever team was willing to pay him $3 million, and now Adam Schefter of ESPN reports (and PFT has confirmed) that the Jaguars and Roth have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal.

A defensive end/outside linebacker, Roth started all 16 games for the Browns last year. He’s likely to be a starter in Jacksonville as well.

Roth was a second-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 2005 and played there until 2009, when Miami waived him during the season and Cleveland picked him up.

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  1. smellsmalicious says: Aug 11, 2011 10:46 AM

    wow. scary lb core from jacksonville this year.

  2. rayvens says: Aug 11, 2011 10:48 AM

    A Browns player worth $3mill and his name is not Hillis or Cribbs?

  3. bennyd720 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:49 AM

    Did anybody REALLY want this guy?

  4. shieldsisland37 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:52 AM


  5. wryly1 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:52 AM

    Roth is a perennial malcontent who is hard to coach and isn’t a natural fit at either DE or OLB – which is why two different teams let him walk away for nothing in return.

  6. miamipatriots says: Aug 11, 2011 10:53 AM

    If he wanted $3 million from a decent team he probably should have got in shape before doing all those work outs a couple weeks back…

  7. hoobsher says: Aug 11, 2011 10:53 AM

    kampman and roth? solid pass rush. assuming rashean mathis can still play and the guy across from him is any sort of decent, this defense might come back from the ashes

  8. oldbrowndawg says: Aug 11, 2011 10:58 AM

    Once the Pats worked him out and didn’t sign him, that told the whole story. He’s a step too slow to play LB in the 3-4. Should have bulked up and stuck with a hand-on-the-ground TE career. Jax will be disappointed in him.

  9. towniesman says: Aug 11, 2011 10:59 AM

    New England laughed at that number Roth. Only time will tell

  10. hbdbrowns33 says: Aug 11, 2011 11:03 AM

    you’re not going to get much of a pass rush from Roth hes more of a run stoper. Hes a decent guy but he wont light it up.

  11. jacksaysfu says: Aug 11, 2011 11:04 AM

    I know nothing about this guy , but attention all teams: My services are available for minimum wage. Two conditions: #1) only football services #2) I will NOT carry Roy Williams pads! !!

  12. cde48 says: Aug 11, 2011 11:05 AM

    Roth had some shining moments in Cleveland, but he is definitely not worth $3M per.

  13. stangbang says: Aug 11, 2011 11:14 AM

    Now he can be a non-factor for another team.

  14. eatingwings says: Aug 11, 2011 11:14 AM

    Would love to see the Jags sign a receiver. We need help catching the ball..

  15. hobartbaker says: Aug 11, 2011 11:24 AM

    Matt is relieved not to have to wear that big red FOR RENT sign any longer.

  16. docredskin says: Aug 11, 2011 11:26 AM

    I thought he would sign with the Eagles…

  17. regisphilbin says: Aug 11, 2011 11:31 AM

    #74 must not be ready.

  18. bozosforall says: Aug 11, 2011 11:32 AM

    To all of Roth’s detractors: He’s getting paid $3 million and you aren’t.

    Not even a fan of his, but I’m guessing that he’s getting the bigger laugh over this than any of you ever will.

  19. neagle64 says: Aug 11, 2011 11:36 AM

    Jags have had an interesting off season signing $7M per for often injured Posluzny, $5M for a middle of the road safety in Landry, $6M per for another often injured LB in Session and now $3M guaranteed for a situational pass rusher in Roth.

  20. mdd913 says: Aug 11, 2011 11:41 AM

    Is it just me or has this guy garnered a lot of hype for no real reason. He’s never been that productive a player. There are probably 15 or 16 undrafted rookies that could fare as well.

  21. mdd913 says: Aug 11, 2011 11:43 AM

    To all of Roth’s detractors: He’s getting paid $3 million and you aren’t.

    Not even a fan of his, but I’m guessing that he’s getting the bigger laugh over this than any of you ever will.


    That’s all fine and good but if I were an NFL GM I wouldn’t be paying $3M to a guy when I could pay a decent rookie $500K and get the same results.

  22. homelanddefense says: Aug 11, 2011 11:48 AM

    Not that Im a huge fan of his, but I read somewhere that he was one of the highest QB pressure per snap players in the league last year.

  23. goatcheez says: Aug 11, 2011 11:58 AM

    @neagle64 how is Session oft injured when he’s only been injured once in his 4 year career? LOL oh… because he was hurt last year right? where he played with a dislocated elbow and broken forearm. Yeah… he’s soft. Always hurt LOL.

    Also, everyone’s overpaying in Free Agency this year if you haven’t noticed. I agree the contracts are pretty high for those guys but one thing good for Jacksonville is all those players are young and still in their prime.

  24. tatum064 says: Aug 11, 2011 12:20 PM

    Good run defender, nice but expensive pick up for J-ville , and no guarantee he returns if he rips it up. He’s been complaining for a new deal for 2 years running.

  25. jhart615 says: Aug 11, 2011 12:29 PM

    profootballtalk has this guy as their 16th best free agent out there. Any of y’all saying this is a terrible sign are clowns. Jaguars needed an upgrade in the pass rush/tackling and this is exactly what they’re getting.

  26. Erik says: Aug 11, 2011 12:36 PM

    Only a one year deal? Too bad he won’t get a chance to play for the Jaguars in L.A.

  27. m2karateman says: Aug 11, 2011 12:50 PM

    Any team dumb enough to give in to this guys demand for $3M a year gets what they deserve. The Jags are getting a player who two days after signing this deal won’t be happy with it, and won’t play hard for it.

    Good luck Jaguars.

  28. zoxitic says: Aug 11, 2011 12:51 PM

    Erik says:

    Only a one year deal? Too bad he won’t get a chance to play for the Jaguars in L.A
    How original. Polly want a cracker?

  29. shackdelrio says: Aug 11, 2011 12:54 PM

    “…$6M per for another often injured LB in Session and now $3M guaranteed for a situational pass rusher in Roth.”

    Session has been injured once in his career. And a one year, 3 mill dollar deal for a pass rusher is no big deal. There are punters making more than that.

  30. kingtrukr says: Aug 11, 2011 1:22 PM

    Uhhh, I don’t know where we are coming up with Roth being a “run stopper”. Roth is a pass rush specialist. He has a quick first move and he’s a bull rusher type. He doesn’t get a ton of sacks but he does pressure the QB. He did not fit the new 4-3 system in Cleveland so there was no way the Browns were resigning him. He was a well liked and highly thought of player by Browns fans. At this point, he may be more suited to playing DE than LB… With a one year deal you know he’s going to give everything he has on every play to prove a point. If he doesn’t work out you’ve only got him for a year. What’s not to like?

  31. goatcheez says: Aug 11, 2011 1:27 PM

    If he starts complaining I can tell you he won’t last long. Jags got a ton of cap room and don’t play with selfish players anymore. He’ll either buy in or get shipped out like the other complainers and lazy guys have been. I like what Jacksonville has been doing as an organization. They’re a big time sleeper IMO.

  32. marjax says: Aug 11, 2011 1:59 PM

    wow, so many dumb comments.

    @goatcheez, heads up: Jacksonville and Carolina are pretty much the only ones overspending in free agency, and I only mention Carolina because of the Charles Johnson contract. There may have been a couple other hefty contracts (Eric Weddle), but for the most part this has been a pretty tame free agency period. Except for Jacksonville, who overspent on every one of their guys.

    @kingtrukr I get what point you’re trying to make, but if he “didn’t fit in” with Cleveland’s 4-3, what the hell is he supposed to do in Jacksonville’s 4-3? Look, the guy hit the market because he wanted to stay as a 3-4 rush OLB. But that clearly didn’t work out, so once he stopped pissing and moaning about it, he saddled up and landed with whoever would take him, for a one-year prove it kind of contract. His ego got in the way though… you realize Cleveland only has 3 legitimate DE’s on their roster? One’s a rookie, one’s converting from OLB, and the other hasn’t taken a snap with the team. You don’t think Cleveland would have wanted to keep him as a 4-3 end? We need warm bodies, let alone someone who can capably get to the QB.

    Back to goatcheez, Jags are no sleeper. You’ll run MJD into the ground, Garrard will suck and you’ll all be clamoring for Gabbert halfway through the season. If you make it to .500 this year it’s only because Tennessee is even worse off than you guys are, and Houston’s in a transition on defense.

  33. asublimeday says: Aug 11, 2011 2:13 PM

    Every time there’s a jags post, I just think about how much I hate MJD and his loud mouth

  34. goatcheez says: Aug 11, 2011 2:40 PM

    @marjax why do you keep saying “you guys” when talking to me and referring to the Jaguars? I’m not a Jaguar. I don’t play professional football.

    Jags were horrible last year and were 8-8. So they got worse this off season and won’t make it to 8-8 again you’re saying?

    And yes every team is overpaying this year because of the new CBA. All veterans are getting crazy money than they used to ever get. Which used to go to the rookies.

    @asublimeday I agree, MJD is annoying as hell now. Dude will not shut up. It’s always funny seeing him in a suit on NFL Network standing next to Sapp and other dudes too.

  35. rajbais says: Aug 11, 2011 4:36 PM

    Why didn’t the Jets pick him up?

    They could’ve used him!!!

  36. cup1981 says: Aug 11, 2011 6:52 PM

    Hey look, Roethlisberger taking a helmet-to-helmet hit, bet there wasn’t a flag thrown. :))

  37. kingtrukr says: Aug 12, 2011 12:20 AM


    I have been screaming for the Browns to resign Roth all along. Yes, I realize exactly what the Browns have on their D-line (or the lack of what they have) and it scares the hell out of me. I simply gave the company line from Browns camp on why they didn’t resign Roth and I personally could care less how he will fit into the Jags 4-3. If the move angers you so much, take a prozac or something. Better yet, take your anger out on your team and quit whining at me. You do realize there are still roster cuts to come, right? I’m fairly sure that the Jags front office has a plan for Roth and I doubt they will consult you or worry about your opinion. Even though you apparently know so much more than they do.

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