Swaim, a tight end who played his first four NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent Friday morning. He became the Jaguars’ second free-agent signing of 2019, following quarterback Nick Foles’ signing Thursday.
“I’m very excited,” Swaim said Friday morning. “Just evaluating options in free agency … being able to play with Nick and seeing the kind of style he plays … that was big for me to make my decision.”
Swaim added of Foles, “That was a big thing. Having played against him for a few years, getting to see it first-hand … I like his style of play. I’m also hoping I’m able to fit into this offense because I think there’s a lot of opportunity for me here, especially in the tight end room.”
The Jaguars entered the 2019 League Year with fourth-year veteran Ben Koyack and first-year veteran Pharoah McKever as the only tight ends on the roster. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, James O’Shaugnessy and Blake Bell all became unrestricted free agents on Wednesday at 4 p.m. “There’s a great chance to compete,” Swaim said. “That’s really all you can ask for, is an opportunity to come in and compete.”
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Swaim (6-feet-4, 260 pounds), originally a seventh-round selection by the Cowboys in the 2015 NFL Draft, started 18 of 37 games for Dallas. He has 35 career receptions for 336 yards and one touchdown in four seasons, catching a career-high 26 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown this past season.
Foles and new Jaguars offensive coordinator John DeFilippo have reputations for using tight ends extensively in the offense. Swaim said that factored into his decision. “When DeFilippo was in Philly [as quarterbacks coach in 2017], that was a big emphasis,” Swaim said. “For me, that’s obviously what you want. Everybody wants the ball – and if you get a chance to produce, that’s always what you want to do. That was big for me.”
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