- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Matt Turk drove 14 hours from Houston to Jacksonville Saturday to join his new team, the third player in the AFC South to jump teams inside the division.
The Jaguars beat out the Giants, Eagles and Texans for his services.
“Houston was in it, Houston wanted me to wait until after Saturday afternoon when they worked two punters out," he said. "I was like, ‘You want me to wait around? I can’t do it.'"
Now Turk, who’s 43 and already being called “grandpa” and “coach,” replaces Adam Podlesh, who jumped to Chicago.
He’ll do more directional punting for the Jaguars than he did for Houston, he said, and as a hang-time punter he will benefit from having some of the league’s top cover guys in Montell Owens and Kassim Osgood.
He suffered a hip flexor injury six games into last season and played through it while posting a not-very-good net average of 36.8 yards in his final season with the Texans.
I asked if he was insulted by Houston’s request to wait.
“It’s human nature ... to be insulted a little bit by it,” he said. “I gave them four years of what I felt like was my all. I played through an injury the last 10 weeks of the season. I know how this business works and I was told that they were going to go young, which I understood. But when they want you to wait to see if two other guys are going to replace you or not, it’s just something you can’t do.”
Houston signed Central Michigan’ s Brett Harman as an undrafted free agent. The Texans are still expected to add a veteran.