The Jaguars could steal a veteran linebacker from an AFC South rival during free agency.
Jacksonville has shown strong interest in acquiring Indianapolis Colts free-agent linebacker Barkevious Mingo, a league source told First Coast News on Tuesday.
Mingo, 27, has bounced around the league since being selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The LSU alum has played in several different defensive schemes during his time in the league.
Mingo began his career with high expectations. However, he failed to live up to the hype of a Top 10 pick with the Cleveland Browns. He was traded to the New England Patriots in 2016 after spending three seasons with the Browns. Mingo won a Super Bowl during his lone season in New England.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker signed with the Colts last season. In 16 games (six starts), Mingo produced 47 tackles, two sacks, two pass breakups and three forced fumbles.
Mingo would probably compete for a starting role against second-year linebacker Blair Brown during training camp if he signed with Jacksonville. He would also have a heavy role on special teams.
The Jaguars have a linebacker group that also features Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, Donald Payne, Deon King and Brooks Ellis.
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