Jaguars kick tires on linebackers, add James-Michael Johnson
The Jaguars emerged from Sunday’s overtime loss in Indy with a couple of banged up linebackers. So they quickly tried out a trio of them on Monday, and they signed one of them.
Paul Posluzny has an ankle injury and John Lotulelei is in the concussion protocol. So the Jaguars worked out Emmanuel Acho, Phillip Wheeler, and James-Michael Johnson on Monday. Johnson won the job.
Johnson, a fourth-round pick of the Browns in the 2012 draft, also has spent time with the Chiefs and Buccaneers. To create a roster spot for Johnson, the Jaguars placed guard Brandon Linder on injured reserve.
A third-round pick of the Colts in 2008, Wheeler signed a five-year, $26 million deal with the Dolphins in 2013 after a solid season in Oakland. He was cut in 2015 and spent the offseason with the 49ers.
Acho, a sixth-round pick of the Browns also in 2012, was traded to the Eagles for running back Dion Lewis in 2013. Acho was released before the season began, and Acho has spent time on the Giants’ practice squad.