Jaguars, Den­nard can’t fi­nal­ize deal

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS | MARKETPLAC­E -

JACK­SONVILLE, Fla. — The Jack­sonville Jaguars and cor­ner­back Dar­queze Den­nard have parted ways nine days after agree­ing to a three-year, $13.5 mil­lion con­tract in free agency.

Den­nard agreed to the deal March 17, the night be­fore the of­fi­cial start of the new league year. The con­tract in­cluded $6 mil­lion guar­an­teed.

But it never got signed, and the Jaguars de­cided to move in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. They agreed to terms Tues­day with jour­ney­man cor­ner­back

Rashaan Melvin on a one-year con­tract worth $2.25 mil­lion.

The In­di­anapo­lis Colts signed free agent cor­ner­back

Xavier Rhodes to a one-year deal, adding an­other po­ten­tially key piece to their de­fense. The ex-Vik­ing was se­lected to three Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro in 2017 when he had 56 tack­les and two in­ter­cep­tions.

The Buf­falo Bills are giv­ing oft-in­jured cor­ner­back E.J. Gaines a third op­por­tu­nity to re­sume his ca­reer by agree­ing to a one-year con­tract. Buf­falo also agreed to sign of­fen­sive line­man Daryl Williams, who played mostly tackle dur­ing his pre­vi­ous five sea­sons with the Carolina Pan­thers.

Browns right tackle Chris Hub­bard has agreed to re­work his con­tract and take a sub­stan­tial pay cut after the team signed free agent Jack Con­klin. Hub­bard will make a base salary of $2.5 mil­lion next sea­son.

ELSE­WHERE

Van­der­bilt guard Aaron Nesmith is for­go­ing his fi­nal two sea­sons of el­i­gi­bil­ity to en­ter the NBA draft. The 6-foot-6 sopho­more av­er­aged 23 points, 4.9 re­bounds and 1.4 steals.

Aus­tralia will host the women’s bas­ket­ball World Cup in 2022 after win­ning a bid­ding con­test against Rus­sia. FIBA said Sydney will host the event over 10 days in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber, play­ing at two venues in the Olympic Park used for the 2000 Sum­mer Games.

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