Jaguars claim DT Kyle Love

Updated: May 16, 2013, 7:16 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Defensive tackle Kyle Love, who was waived by the New England Patriots on Wednesday shortly after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, has been claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

This marks the second time in three days the Jaguars have claimed a former Patriots defensive lineman. On Tuesday, they claimed Brandon Deaderick.

Love's agent, Richard Kopelman of KLASS Sports, told ESPNBoston.com that Love planned to play this season after learning he had Type 2 diabetes a few weeks ago. The Patriots released Love with a non-football injury/illness designation.

"Naturally, we are disappointed that the Patriots decided to part ways with Kyle, especially in light of the fact that a number of elite professional athletes with diabetes -- both Type 1, which is known to be far more difficult to manage than Type 2 diabetes -- have had very successful careers in professional football, hockey, baseball and basketball," Kopelman said.

"Prior to the diagnosis, Kyle recently experienced unexplained weight loss, but since being diagnosed and having altered his diet, Kyle has regained most of the weight he lost, is in good health, and was not limited in any way during offseason workouts in which he was engaged up until being told he would be released.

"Having consulted with leading authorities on the effects of Type 2 diabetes, we have every reason to believe that Kyle will, in the immediate future, be at 100 percent, and will be prepared to participate in training camp in a couple of months. As Kyle said, 'There is no way something like this is going to stand between me and a long and successful NFL career.'"

The Jaguars, under first-year general manager David Caldwell and first-year coach Gus Bradley, will give him that chance by inheriting his contract, which calls for Love to earn a base salary of $750,000 in 2013 before he is scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

The 6-foot-1, 315-pound Love, who made the Patriots as a rookie free agent in 2010, had been rewarded last year with a two-year contract extension that included a $500,000 signing bonus.

He played in 41 regular-season games over the last three seasons, with 25 starts, and was credited with 36 tackles and 5.5 sacks. His primary role was to occupy blockers so linebackers behind him could make plays, which he did as a 3-4 nose tackle and a defensive tackle. Love would often come off the field in passing situations.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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