The Jacksonville Jaguars have locked up starting weak-side linebacker Telvin Smith on a four-year contract extension.
“I am excited about the opportunity to continue my career in Jacksonville and stay with the team that believed in me coming into the league in 2014,” Smith said in a statement, via Jacksonville’s team website.
“It’s been a privilege these last four years, and there is so much that I want to accomplish as a teammate and as an individual in this league. We have created a bond in that locker room and everyone is committed to our goal of winning football games. I am honored to be a part of that culture and help continue to lead this team in the right direction.”
The 2014 fifth-round pick out of Florida State was in the final year of his rookie contract and his new deal is reportedly worth $50 million.
Jaguars giving LB Telvin Smith a 4 year, $50 million extension, source tells ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 26, 2017
Smith, 26, has started every game for Jacksonville’s defense this season and leads the team in tackles (58) and tackles for a loss (6) through seven games. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker has also recorded two interceptions, three passes defended, a sack, and one forced fumble this season.
“He has earned this second contract,” Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin said in a statement. “We want to identify the players who will contribute to helping this team win going forward, and reward those who can do that. Telvin is certainly one of those players for us.”
“This is a high performance business, and we look for his continued development as a team leader both on and off the field. Along with this new contract, Telvin must accept the high expectations that go with it.”
— #Sacksonville (@Jaguars) October 26, 2017