Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags, Lowery Agree to Contract; Safety Gets a Four-Year Deal; Harris, Allen Sign; Osgood Cut

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags, Lowery Agree to Contract; Safety Gets a Four-Year Deal; Harris, Allen Sign; Osgood Cut

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Byline: Tania Ganguli

After a lengthy negotiation, the Jaguars retained starting free safety Dwight Lowery. The two sides agreed to a four-year deal late Tuesday night.

"I would really like to thank [general manager] Gene Smith and Tim [Walsh] for their hard work and their commitment to me as a player," Lowery said by phone from California. "Also, to the coaching staff. I know that Mel [Tucker, defensive coordinator] and I have a pretty good relationship. I'm sure he played a part in everything that's been going on. Teammates, they - when I was in New York I didn't really connect with my teammates the way I did in Jacksonville. There were a lot of factors going on. . It was done right."

Lowery was one of three players the Jaguars retained on Tuesday, the first day of free agency.

Before the market opened at 4 p.m., the Jaguars re-signed punter Nick Harris. The Jaguars also re-signed backup linebacker Russell Allen to a three-year deal worth $6 million with $2.6 million in guarantees. Allen's deal maxes out at $9 million.

Before re-signing Allen, the Jaguars placed a second-round tender on him to ensure protection if another team signed him, but a multi-year deal was completed less than an hour after the market opened.

Allen started in six games this season and played in all 16. He joined the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

Jacksonville also placed a seventh-round tender on safety Courtney Greene and a fifth-round tender on cornerback Will Middleton.

As the Jaguars prepared to bring in free agents, one of the team's recent free agent signings said goodbye to Jacksonville. The Jaguars released special-teams ace Kassim Osgood, who was due a base salary of $2.175 million this year. Osgood's salary cap number was $2.933 million.

"I had a high price tag for next year for not being one of their starters. That played a factor into it, I think," Osgood said. "It's business. When you get later in your years in the NFL, a lot of teams go younger. …

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