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Free-agent review: Dekoda Watson

An examination of the Jacksonville Jaguars' additions in free agency.

LB Dekoda Watson

Contract details: Watson signed a three-year, $6.25 million contract ($1.5 million guaranteed). He received a $1 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year (March 15) and has a base salary of $1 million in 2014. In 2015 his base salary is $1.75 million and his $500,000 roster bonus is guaranteed. His base salary in 2016 is $2 million.

What’s to like: Watson is a versatile player who can help the Jaguars on first and second down at strongside linebacker and on third down as a leo. He excelled on special teams during his four seasons with Tampa Bay but he started to find his way on defense in 2013 after he was moved into a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end role. He had a career-high 42 tackles in 15 games in 2013. He also had 2.0 sacks, one interception, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick.

What’s concerning: Watson (6-foot-2, 240 pounds) has been a role player throughout his career, so there’s some uncertainty about how he’ll handle being a key part of the defense. Gus Bradley likes what he saw on tape, though, and is confident in his projection that Watson can be an every-down player.

From ESPN Buccaneers reporter Pat Yasinskas: “Watson is a versatile role player. He lined up at outside linebacker and defensive end last year. He also can make an impact on special teams.”