The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived veteran punter Matt Turk two days after his 22-yard punt set up Cincinnati's winning touchdown.|||||||
The Jaguars signed free agent Nick Harris to replace him. Harris, in his 11th season, has spent time with Denver, Cincinnati and Detroit. Turk ranked near the bottom of the league in punting. His performance Sunday was one of his worst in 16 seasons. He had punts of 32, 23 and 22 yards in the second half, the last two into a stiff wind.
Turk, one of the oldest players in the NFL last season, signed a one-year contract worth nearly $2 million with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, giving the team an experienced punter to replace Adam Podlesh.|||||||
Calling Turk a veteran would be an understatement. The 43-year-old player is joining his seventh franchise in 18 seasons. Turk said he had contact with Philadelphia and the New York Giants, as well as Houston, where he spent the last four seasons. He said the Texans asked him to hold off on making a choice until after they worked out Dave Zastudil and Daniel Sepulveda.
Turk has been re-signed by the Houston Texans. Terms were not disclosed Monday.|||||||
Turk averaged a franchise-best 42.8 yards per punt last season and landed 24 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. The 41-year-old spent the last three seasons with the Texans after a year in St. Louis.
Turk has been named NFC special teams player of the week after averaging 49.8 yards on five attempts and running 16 yards for a first down on a fake in the fourth quarter in last week's victory over Oakland.|||||||
Turk is considered one of the better punters in the league.
The Miami Dolphins placed Turk on injured reserve with a groin injury Saturday, ending the punter's 2005 season before it even began. To take Turk's spot, the Dolphins elevated fellow punter Donnie Jones from its practice squad.|||||||