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JAGS SNAG MARK BRUNELL FROM GREEN BAY FOR 2 PICKS

Published: Saturday, April 22 1995 12:00 a.m. MDT

On the eve of their first NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars made their first trade Friday, acquiring quarterback Mark Brunell from the Green Bay Packers for two draft picks.

Brunell, a restricted free agent who backed up Brett Favre last season, became available on Thursday when negotiations with Philadelphia broke down. The Jaguars moved in and quickly reached a three-year deal with Brunell while agreeing to send third- and fifth-round picks (Nos. 66 and 170) to the Packers."We were able to maintain our four picks in the first two rounds, plus get another veteran quarterback who brings a lot to the table," said Tom Coughlin, the Jaguars coach and general manager.

The trade changed Jacksonville's strategy heading into Saturday's draft. Expected to take a quarterback with their extra pick at the end of the first round, Coughlin said he can now address other needs. The Jaguars still have 12 selections in the seven-round draft since expansion teams were granted an extra choice every round.

"There's not that pressure to take a quarterback with that 31st pick," Coughlin said, referring to his pick at the end of the first round. "Maybe we can take one further down than we intended."

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