Jaguars, Dennard can’t finalize deal
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.
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.