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Former Packers Safety Darnell Savage Signs with Jaguars

Prior to the big signing of free agent safety Xavier McKinney, the Green Bay Packers lost their own free agent safety in Darnell Savage, who signed a new three-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars early Monday that is worth $21 million. Savage spent the last five seasons as a steady free safety in Green Bay after being selected in the first round back in 2019 out of the University of Maryland.

The former Terrapin started 69 career games and played in an overall total of 72 while with the team in Green Bay. He recorded 302 total tackles, 225 career solo tackles, 32 career pass deflections, and nine career interceptions. Additionally, he also played 319 career snaps on special teams. He proved to be a reliable piece as he played closely with the likes of Adrian Amos, Rudy Ford, and Jonathan Owens on the backend during his tenure.

The latter two names are also free agents this offseason, which is why the Green Bay Packers felt the need to go sign Xavier McKinney. It is hard to say if GM Brian Gutekunst will re-sign either Owens or Ford but until then, they will have an open void at the other starting safety spot. If either Rudy Ford or Jonathan Owens are not re-signed, they will more likely than not address the position in next month’s draft.

Savage was the most complete safety among the group of Green Bay free agents last season and should be a solid starter for Doug Peterson and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2024 and beyond.


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