DSU product Gunter signs with Jaguars

The Arizona Cardinals gave Rodney Gunter a shot when he was a virtual unknown out of Delaware State.

After five years, Gunter is moving onto his next challenge.

Gunter, a former DSU standout on the defensive line, signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars late Wednesday night.

According to the Associated Press, Gunter agreed to a three-year contract worth $18 million with Jacksonville. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because NFL teams aren’t allowed to announce free-agent additions until players pass physicals and signs deals.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Gunter totaled 126 tackles, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles in five years with the Cardinals. He will be asked to help replace five-time Pro Bowler Calais Campbell, who was traded the Baltimore Ravens last weekend for a fifth-round draft pick. The 33-year-old Campbell played outside on first and second downs and moved inside for obvious passing situations.

Gunter played in 13 games last season, all starts, and finished with 31 tackles and three sacks. He played on a one-year deal worth $1.75 million.

“We really like what Rodney brings to the team, both as a player and as a person, and we think he can play multiple positions for us,” Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone said in a statement.

“We know he’s a good player against the run, but we think we can get some three-down play out of him and get some pass-rush. We have high expectations for him, and we are excited about him. He is one of the pieces that we feel is going to help us defend the run and help us become a better defense.”

Gunter was drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cardinals with the No. 116 overall pick.

This was despite not receiving an invite to the NFL Combine prior to the draft. Despite that, the Cardinals traded up to get him.

Gunter is currently the only active Delaware State product in the NFL.

Jacksonville is undergoing a complete rebuild. General manager Dave Caldwell has cleaned house by trading Campbell (Baltimore), CB A.J. Bouye (Denver) and QB Nick Foles (Chicago). Caldwell also opted not to pick up an option on DT Marcell Dareus.