Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Kiffin, 76, now in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE — The Jaguars hired Monte Kiffin as a defensive assistant.

Kiffin, 76, the former longtime Bucs defensive coordinator, worked with the team in the 2015 offseason and helped coach Gus Bradley this year during his search for a new defensive coordinator. Now, Kiffin will be more involved.

"His wealth of experience and knowledge about the game will be a tremendous asset to our entire coaching staff," Bradley said.

The Jaguars also hired John Benton as assistant offensive line coach and John Donovan as offensive quality control coach.

Kiffin enters his 50th year of coaching, with 28 years of NFL experience and 21 in college. He was Tampa Bay's defensive coordinator from 1996 to 2008, first under Tony Dungy then Jon Gruden. Bradley and Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash worked under Kiffin in Tampa.

Kiffin most recently served as defensive coordinator for the Cowboys in 2013, then assistant head coach for the defense in 2014. Before that, he was defensive coordinator at USC and Tennessee on his son Lane's staffs at both schools.

Deflategate: Patriots owner Robert Kraft asked the league to reinstate the draft picks the team lost in the deflated footballs investigation stemming from the 2014 AFC title game. Kraft said Monday at the owners' meetings that he sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell more than a month ago seeking a return of the two picks — a first-rounder this year and a fourth-rounder in 2017. He did not say if Goodell responded. But Kraft didn't sound optimistic that the picks would be returned, or that quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension would be rescinded should an appeals court rule in favor of the league in the "deflategate" saga. New England also was fined $1 million.

Moves: The contract for 49ers defensive tackle was changed from up to $27.5 million over five years to a one-year deal because the team has concerns about his ankles, multiple sources reported. CSN Bay Area reported that the original deal was never signed and submitted to the league. … Running back James Starks returned to the Packers on a two-year, $6 million deal after spending more than a week on the market as an unrestricted free agent, the Associated Press reported. … The Lions signed wide receiver and punt returner Jeremy Kerley. … The Panthers signed former Redskins free agent safety Trenton Robinson to a one-year deal. … The Vikings signed former Browns and Raiders tight end Brian Leonhardt.

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