Jaguars claim former Patriots DT Kyle Love on waivers
Love started 11 games for the Patriots last season but was released on Wednesday due to health concerns after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes earlier this month. Apparently Love had recently lost a considerable amount of weight and muscle mass.
“The Patriots told him they felt he needed to take a year off or go elsewhere,” Love’s agent Richard Kopelman said on Wednesday of the talks with the Patriots. “Kyle’s desire was to remain with the Patriots – he loved being up there and he had hoped to play there forever.
“We asked them to explore other options and they got back to us and came back to their same point,” continued Kopelman. “A year off without pay and have the opportunity to come back or we’ll release you.”
The Jaguars obviously had no such worries as they wasted no time in picking up Love.
“Retiring was not a viable option,” added Kopelman. “We understand from speaking with well-renowned medical experts that Type 2 diabetes is almost always treatable. All expectations are that he should have the opportunity to play.”
Love adds a big body to the Jaguars’ crowded defensive line, which can anyhow benefit from the addition after a unimpressive performance last season. The Jaguars have been rebuilding their interior defensive line this offseason after losing nose tackle Terrance Knighton in free agency. Since then they have signed Sen'Derrick Marks from the Tennessee Titans and Roy Miller from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to add depth at the position.
The 26-year-old Love will provide experience on a young defensive line, having playoffs experience and even a Super Bowl appearance under his belt.
Over the past three seasons with the Patriots, Love appeared in 41 games (including 25 starts) while making 80 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He has been a solid run defender for the Patriots since being signed as an undrafted free agent by the team in 2010.
Following the move, the Jaguars have reached the maximum limit of 90-players on their offseason roster. The Jaguars currently have 17 defensive linemen under contract – including T.J. Barnes, Abry Jones, Jeris Pendleton, Sen'Derrick Marks, Roy Miller and D’Anthony Smith at defensive tackle. While a majority of them may be camp bodies, there is some still huge potential in this unit.