CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 03: Matt Roth #53 of the Cleveland Browns sacks quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 3 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Matt Roth Signs With the Jacksonville Jaguars

After the Broncos were reportedly interested in Matt Roth, the defensive end signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Matt Roth, Jacksonville Jaguars Reach Contract Agreement, According To Report

While the Denver Broncos were interested in defensive end.linebacker Matt Roth, formerly of the Cleveland Broncos, he wound up in the AFC South. The Jacksonville Jaguars swooped in and nabbed the defensive end on Thursday morning, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. He agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The Broncos reshaped their defensive line in free agency by bringing in defensive tackles Ty Warren and Brodrick Bunkley and re-signing Marcus Thomas. At defensive end, Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers took over those spots. Ayers likely would have been relegated to a reserve role had Roth signed with the team. Backups Jeremy Jarmon and Derrick Harvey were acquired through a trade and free agency.

The interest the Broncos had, then, was not as great as other teams. Given the rotational nature of the defensive line in the new 4-3 defense for the Broncos, Roth was not a priority.

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Denver Broncos Reportedly Interested In Matt Roth

While most of the fuss of NFL free agency has died down with the major moves already over, there are still some quality players available out there to be had. One player of note for the Denver Broncos is defensive end/ linebacker Matt Roth, formerly of the Cleveland Browns. According to the NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, the Broncos are one of three teams interested in the former Iowa Hawkeye. The others are the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals.

Roth would certainly be a great pick up (20 career sacks), but the issue is whether he really wants to play in a 4-3 defense. He'd need to play exclusively as a defensive end in that system, which the Broncos are back under with John Fox and Dennis Allen calling the defensive shots. He's played as an outside linebacker for the last three years between the Miami Dolphins and the Browns.

If the Broncos convinced him to sign, Roth would likely start over Robert Ayers on the defensive line. However, there will likely be a rotation set up to keep all of the guys fresh. This is certainly a situation to keep an eye on, especially since the Osi Umenyiora story line has fizzled.

For more on the Broncos, visit Mile High Report. For more NFL news, check out SB Nation's NFL hub.

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