Darqueze Dennard (21) is still a free agent. Kareem Elgazzar, Cincinnati Enquirer via Imagn Content Services, LLC/USA Today Network

The Jaguars reached an apparent agreement to sign Darqueze Dennard last week, but the former first-round pick is heading back to free agency.

The team announced an agreement with Dennard could not ultimately be finalized, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports. The veteran cornerback will return to free agency.

No terms from the Jags’ Dennard agreement surfaced, and the team struck a deal with Rashaan Melvin earlier this week. Both of those developments make more sense now. Dennard is entering his age-29 season. He has spent his entire six-year career with the Bengals.

Jacksonville traded away each member of its top-tier cornerback duo over the past six months, and Dennard was viewed as one of the pieces that would help the team transition from the Jalen RamseyA.J. Bouye era. However, Dennard is primarily a slot corner. With slot defender D.J. Hayden residing as the Jaguars’ top incumbent corner, this was set to be an interesting fit. Hayden and Melvin are now the Jags’ two most proven corners. The draft figures to be a key avenue for the team upgrading at this position.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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ARZ / 2015 / #21
Patrick Peterson
ATL / 1993 / #21
Deion Sanders
BAL / 2003 / #21
Chris McAlister
BUF / 2019 / #27
Tre'Davious White
CAR / 2015 / #24
Josh Norman
CHI / 2018 / #23
Kyle Fuller
CIN / 1996 / #33
Ashley Ambrose
CLE / 1988 / #31
Frank Minnifield
DAL / 1998 / #21
Deion Sanders
DEN / 2016 / #21
Aqib Talib
DET / 1969 / #20
Lem Barney
GB / 2011 / #21
Charles Woodson
IND* / 1968 / #40
Bobby Boyd
JAX / 2017 / #20
Jalen Ramsey
KC / 2016 / #22
Marcus Peters
LAC* / 2007 / #31
Antonio Cromartie
LAR* / 2001 / #35
Aeneas Williams
MIA / 2002 / #23
Patrick Surtain
MIN / 2017 / #29
Xavier Rhodes
NE / 2019 / #24
Stephon Gilmore
NYG / 1984 / #36
Mark Haynes
NYJ / 2011 / #24
Darrelle Revis
OAK / 2010 / #21
Nnamdi Asomugha
PHI / 2004 / #26
Lito Sheppard
PIT / 1994 / #26
Rod Woodson
SEA / 2014 / #25
Richard Sherman
SF / 1995 / #25
Eric Davis
TB / 2005 / #20
Ronde Barber
TEN / 2008 / #31
Cortland Finnegan
WAS / 1991 / #28
Darrell Green

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