May 26, 2002

Saints Continue to Add Depth to Offensive Line, Sign Jacox

The Saints have agreed to terms with San Diego Chargers offensive stalwart Kendyl Jacox to further bolster depth on the interior of the offensive line. Jacox, 6'2", 330 pounds, is soon expected to officially sign a five-year contract with the final three years voidable.

Jacox is the fifth starting-quality lineman that the Saints have added this offseason. Spencer Folau, Victor Riley and Bubba Miller have joined the team in free agency and LeCharles Bentley was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft in April.

Jacox, who will be 27 by training camp, started all 16 games last season for the Chargers and 30 over the past four seasons. He has appeared in all but six games for the Chargers since 1998.

The Chargers and Jacox had agreed to a five-year, $10 million contract with a signing bonus upwards of $2 million earlier this season, but Jacox chose to switch agents unexpectedly and then refused to sign the deal.

An unrestricted free agent, Jacox has started in games ever since his rookie season when he joined the Chargers as a rookie free agent out of Kansas State. Jacox was widely regarded as the best offensive lineman for the Chargers last year, and at center was the anchor of the offensive line.

Jacox joins an already deep interior offensive line, and may compete for a starting job at either left guard or center.

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