Wilford staying with Jaguars

The Jaguars signed veteran tight end Ernest Wilford to a new contract, they announced.

Wilford isn’t a game-changer, but he’s played five of his six NFL seasons with the Jags and is a solid presence and personality who moved from wide receiver to tight end in 2008 when he went to Miami as a free agent.

The Jaguars selected Wilford, 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, in the fourth round during the 2004 draft.

Wilford has played in 85 NFL games with 44 starts, posting career totals of 155 receptions for 2,142 yards and 15 touchdowns. All 44 of his starts came with the Jaguars and he ranks second in team history with a 14.1-yard average per reception, though last year his 11 catches averaged only 11.2.

He was one of just three Jaguars in line to become an unrestricted free agent on March 5. Defensive end Reggie Hayward, who was on IR in 2009, and reserve offensive lineman Kynan Forney, are the others.