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Jacksonville to Sign Safety Barry Church

Roy Cummings

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All the talk in Dallas today is about quarterback Tony Romo and where he’ll land now that the Cowboys have decided to let him go.

 Already, though, another former Cowboys starter has landed a new home in free agency and that former starter is safety Barry Church.

 Scout Chris Landry of LandryFootball.com reported that the Jaguars have signed Church as a replacement for Johnathan Cyprien.  Terms and length of the deal are not yet known.

 Church has a little Jabrill Peppers in him. Or maybe Peppers, the Michigan safety/linebacker has a little Church in him.

 Either way, Church first landed in Dallas in 2010 as a middle linebacker and later moved to free safety, then eventually strong safety.

 He’s had five picks over the course of the last five years and has proven to be a very sturdy player, missing just five games the past four years.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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