Jaguars will ship WR Northcutt to Lions for S Alexander

The Jaguars have agreed to trade WR Dennis Northcutt to the Lions for safety Gerald Alexander, confirmed agent Jerome Stanley, who represents both players.

Northcutt, 31, is coming off back-to-back 44-catch seasons with Jacksonville, where he spent the past two years after playing his first seven NFL seasons with the Browns. Northcutt was a punt-return specialist for most of his career, but he returned just five punts last season for the Jaguars.

Alexander, 24, spent both of his NFL seasons with the Lions, but he was used as a reserve last season after starting all 16 games as a rookie in 2007. He had 81 tackles and two interceptions in that season.

With the trade of Northcutt, the Jaguars have just two receivers (Mike Walker, Troy Williamson) remaining from their 2008 roster. However, they added 10-year veteran Torry Holt in free agency and drafted three receivers in April: Mike Thomas, Jarett Dillard, Tiquan Underwood.

– Steve Wyche

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