The Jaguars are retaining an experienced member of their secondary. Safety Andrew Wingard has agreed to terms on a new deal worth $9.6MM over three years, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link).
Rapoport adds that the contract includes $6MM in guaranteed money, and has a maximum value of $13.8MM. Those figures comfortably exceed what he has earned to date, and demonstrate his importance to the Jaguars moving forward.
The 26-year-old has spent all four seasons of his career in Duval County. He has logged 24 starts over that span, including 15 in 2021. His playing time has fluctuated over time, and his defensive snap share dropped to 19% last season, though he remained a key special teamer. Wingard totaled 37 tackles and one interception in his limited action.
The former UDFA played on his restricted free agent tender in 2022, but will now have security for multiple years with this new deal. He is in line to continue in a rotational, depth role moving forward, with fellow safeties Rayshawn Jenkins and Andre Cisco both under contract through 2024. Wingard will be able to step into a starting role if necessary, given his experience in doing so and the team’s investment in him with this contract.
Jacksonville took a major step forward overall on defense in 2022, but their passing defense led plenty of room for improvement. The Jaguars allowed over 238 yards per game through the air, so investments in the secondary could be coming this offseason. In general, though, the team has been connected to retaining key internal free agents as opposed to their spending spree of 2022. Re-signing Wingard is evidence of that approach, and will give the team a familiar face in the secondary for years to come.