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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Jaguars add veterans Forney and Russell

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky


The Jaguars did some roster tinkering Tuesday, adding veteran offensive lineman Kynan Forney and veteran safety Brian Russell while cutting reserve center Dennis Norman.

Also of note: While Jack Del Rio declined recently to name his starting right guard, Maurice Williams remains in the spot on the team’s newest depth chart, with Forney listed as his backup. Uche Nwaneri is listed as the backup at center and left guard.

A bit from the team on the two newcomers:

Forney, 6-3, 302, is in his ninth NFL season and has appeared in 95 games with 88 starts at right guard. The 31-year-old Forney was released by the San Diego Chargers last week. He spent seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons from 2001-07 before joining the Chargers in 2008. Forney was part of the NFL’s top rushing attack from 2004-06 with the Falcons and was a first alternate to the Pro Bowl in 2005.

A native of Nacogdoches, Texas, Forney was originally a seventh-round pick of the Falcons in 2001 and earned a starting job as a rookie. He played collegiately at Hawaii and Trinity Valley College in Texas and currently resides in Atlanta.

Russell, 6-2, 210, is in his eighth NFL season and has played in 108 games with 94 starts for Minnesota, Cleveland and Seattle. He has started all 16 games five times in his career including the last two seasons at free safety for the Seahawks. Russell, 31, has recorded 484 career tackles, 16 interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Russell originally signed as a rookie free agent with the Vikings in 2001 and spent his rookie season on the practice squad. Over the next three years he started 50 games and tied for the NFL lead with nine interceptions in 2003. He joined the Browns as a restricted free agent in 2005 and played under Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for two seasons.

A native of West Covina, California, he played collegiately at Penn before transferring to San Diego State following his freshman season. He made the transition from quarterback to defensive back midway through his junior season.