NFL news: Christian Kirk signs massive deal with Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing on some offensive weaponry in the form of wide receiver Christian Kirk, who is signing a massive four-year, $72 million contract with the AFC South team that can be worth as much as $84 million off incentives, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Kirk had spent all four of his professional seasons with the Arizona Cardinals after being drafted by the franchise 47th overall in the 2018 draft out of Texas A&M.

He developed into a force within Kliff Kingsbury’s offense, putting up a career year in 2021 to support Kyler Murray under center. Kirk posted personal bests with 77 receptions for 982 yards to go with five touchdowns, all while becoming a more dependable receiver. After posting a 62.4% catch rate over his first three seasons, his 2021 mark swelled to 74.8%.

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The Jaguars are in desperate need of playmaking talent to support last year’s No. 1 overall pick in quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who struggled mightily in his rookie campaign. With a 3-14 record, the Clemson product completed just 59.4% of his passes for 3,641 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions.

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Now, Kirk could team up with veteran Marvin Jones and the promising Laviksa Shenault, who put up 63 catches for 619 yards to create an improved trio of wide receivers — especially for a unit that will likely lose DJ Chark in free agency.

It’s been a busy first day of free agency negotiations for the Jaguars, who also have brought in offensive guard Brandon Scherff, defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi, and linebacker Foye Oluokun.

Add the No. 1 overall pick of the 2022 draft to the mix — which could very well be edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson — and the Jaguars are looking at a much-improved team heading into the new season.