JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars signed former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith and Donald Payne to shore up a linebacker corps that was hammered by injuries during Sunday's victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Smith had been out of football in 2019 after spending the past two seasons in San Francisco. He also played two seasons in Oakland after spending the first four seasons of his career in Seattle, where he helped the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII over Denver with 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The Jaguars now have two former Super Bowl MVPs on their roster. Quarterback Nick Foles, who is scheduled to return to practice this week for the first time since he broke a collarbone in Week 1, won the award in Super Bowl LII.
Smith has experience in the Jaguars' defense because he played in the same system in Seattle from 2011 to 2014. The Seahawks drafted Smith in the seventh round in 2011.
Payne had played in 21 games for the Jaguars in 2017 and 2018, mainly as a special-teamer.
Alexander was one of three weakside linebackers who went down with injuries against the Bengals. Starter Najee Goode (turf toe) left the game in the first half and backups Quincy Williams (hamstring) and Alexander were hurt in the second half.
Williams, a rookie out of Murray State, had started the first five games of the season but was benched during the Jaguars' loss to Carolina in Week 5. Goode took over and played well until his injury against the Bengals.