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Matt Roth | Defensive Lineman

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/14/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 275
College: Iowa
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Cowboys worked out free agent OLB Matt Roth this week.
It's Roth's first known workout since he visited the Steelers way back in May. Roth, 30, last played for the Jaguars in 2011, but his season was cut short by a concussion. He registered 3.5 sacks in nine games. Dallas is likely just doing their due diligence. Fri, Dec 28, 2012 09:59:00 AM

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Free agent OLB Matt Roth is visiting the Steelers on Wednesday.

The Jaguars showed no interest in re-signing Roth after he missed seven games due to concussion issues last season. Although he's been given a clean bill of health, Roth's only other known visit was to Cincinnati in late March.
Wed, May 9, 2012 12:04:00 PM

The Florida Times Union reports the Jaguars have encouraged free agent DE/OLB Matt Roth to "to seek opportunities with other teams."

In other words, even if the bottom falls out of his market, Roth won't be receiving an offer from the Jags. Recently cleared to resume playing after a concussion ended his 2011 in November, Roth visited the Bengals on Friday. He hasn't received any other known interest.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 05:13:00 PM

Free agent DE/OLB Matt Roth visited the Bengals on Friday.

Roth was limited to nine games by a concussion for the Jaguars last season, but was recently given a "clean bill of health." If he could stay healthy, Roth would provide pass-rushing depth for a defensive line that's lost Jonathan Fanene and Frostee Rucker in free agency. However, it's unclear if he remains an option for the Bengals after they signed DEs Derrick Harvey and Jamaal Anderson.
Source: Scout.com
Sat, Mar 24, 2012 09:34:00 AM

Free agent DE/OLB Matt Roth (concussions) has been given a "clean bill of health."

It's encouraging news, as Roth was still experiencing concussion symptoms in late December, more than a month after shutting it down for the season. Roth is ready to begin working out again, which should lead to a signing later in the offseason.
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 01:19:00 PM

Jaguars DE Matt Roth and OLB Clint Session, both on injured reserve, are still experiencing concussion symptoms more than a month after shutting it down.

Roth considered playing through the headaches, but opted against it after hearing from other NFL players. He hopes to be cleared of symptoms in a few weeks. An impending free agent, Roth wants to return to Jacksonville in 2012.
Thu, Dec 29, 2011 06:31:00 PM

Jaguars placed DE Matt Roth on injured reserve with a concussion, ending his season.

Roth could never get cleared to return to practice after getting his bell rung in Week 11. Although players are often sent to injured reserve with minor injuries late in the season, Roth's slow recovery is a huge concern in a walk year. An underrated pass rusher since coming into the league in 2005, Roth had a slow developing market last summer before inking a $3 million deal with the Jags. Ideally, he'll end up with a team in 2012 that runs a 3-4 defense.
Mon, Dec 26, 2011 01:41:00 PM

Jaguars DE Matt Roth will miss his fifth consecutive game with a concussion.

Roth was aiming for a return last week, but he's yet to receive the green light. The slow return from the mid-November concussion is a concern heading into free agency this offseason.
Fri, Dec 23, 2011 10:36:00 AM

Jaguars declared DEs Matt Roth and Aaron Kampman, QB Dan LeFevour, CB T.J. Heath, RB Deji Karim, C John Estes, and DT Corvey Irvin inactive for Monday Night Football against the Chargers.

Jags NT Terrance Knighton (ankle) is active after being listed as questionable. Jacksonville's defense is still incredibly short handed without Roth and Kampman, not to mention Rashean Mathis, Derek Cox, and Will Middleton. If San Diego is ever going to have an offensive explosion, tonight should be the night.
Mon, Dec 5, 2011 07:08:00 PM

Jaguars DE Matt Roth and WLB Clint Session both left Sunday's game with second-half head injuries.

These are usually concussions. The players will not return to the game.
Sun, Nov 20, 2011 03:25:00 PM

Jaguars declared DE Matt Roth (neck) inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Roth picked up a neck injury in practice this week. With Aaron Kampman (knee) also out, Austen Lane and Jeremy Mincey figure to be the Jags' top two ends. Other Jaguars inactives: WR Kassim Osgood, OL Cameron Bradfield, C Jason Spitz, DT C.J. Mosley and CB Rod Issac.
Sun, Sep 25, 2011 11:43:00 AM

Matt Roth will play defensive end for the Jaguars.

Roth gave up his hopes of sticking to an outside linebacker role in a 3-4 defense to sign a one-year, $3 million deal with the Jags. Along with Aaron Kampman, he will be asked to spark a pass rush that has been downright anemic over the last two seasons. Roth won't be an IDP option as part of a rotation, but he's still a nice add for Jacksonville.
Fri, Aug 12, 2011 10:34:00 AM

Jaguars signed OLB/DE Matt Roth to a one-year, $3 million contract.

It's a strange fit as Roth was thought to be seeking a home in a 3-4 scheme. But with his market bottoming out for unknown reasons, the edge setter appears to have settled. Roth fills a need for the Jaguars, who have compiled just 40 sacks over their last 32 games, dead last in the league. He's an underrated pass rusher.
Thu, Aug 11, 2011 10:32:00 AM

Free agent OLB Matt Roth has reportedly let teams know that he's available for a one-year, $3 million contract.

Roth, who like Bryant McKinnie is repped by Drew Rosenhaus, sent out an email informing all 32 NFL teams of his asking price. The Saints, Broncos, Cardinals, and Patriots at various points have been rumored to have interest. Roth is a good, young player, so it's unclear why he's struggled so much to find a team.
Mon, Aug 8, 2011 07:53:00 PM

The Saints, Broncos, and Cardinals are all showing interest in free agent OLB Matt Roth.

Roth has been adamant about not playing in a 4-3 defense, which would seem to rule out New Orleans and Denver. (Barring a change of heart, of course.) Roth would make a lot more sense in Arizona if the Cardinals hadn't kept Joey Porter. Perhaps the Cards would reconsider Porter's fate if they acquired Roth.
Thu, Aug 4, 2011 09:24:00 PM

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