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Jaguars sign ex-Giants cornerback Aaron Ross to three-year deal

Aaron Ross, Aaron Rodgers

New York Giants’ Aaron Ross (31) applies pressure as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a 3-yard touchdown pass to James Jones during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)


Aaron Ross is heading to Jacksonville.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Jaguars have reached an agreement with Ross, a free agent cornerback, on a three-year deal worth up to $15.3 million.

The 29-year-old Ross has played his entire five-year career with the Giants, who took him in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. That includes playing all 16 games for last year’s Super Bowl winners, with a career-high four interceptions, and also starting all four postseason games.

Staying healthy for every game last year was important for Ross. Although he has played in either 15 or 16 games in four of his five seasons, he had struggled through foot and hamstring injuries and had been viewed as injury prone prior to last season.

The Giants believe that with Terrell Thomas coming back healthy, they’ll be better at cornerback next year, even without Ross. And the Jaguars believe that with Ross, they’ll be better at cornerback, too.