Jaguars sign LB Telvin Smith to contract extension

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars signed linebacker Telvin Smith to a long-term contract extension Wednesday.

The extension adds four years to his existing contract. The new deal will expire after the 2021 season.

ESPN is reporting the contract has a total value of $50 million.

"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 released by the team. 

 "I am grateful for my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches and the incredible Jaguars fans for always supporting me and allowing me to play this game that I love. I also want to thank Shad Khan and the Jaguars organization for believing in me and giving me this amazing opportunity. 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."

Smith was in the final year of his rookie deal. Originally selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Florida State alum has been building toward the best season of his career in Jacksonville.

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Through seven games, Smith has collected 58 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a defensive touchdown. He was also chosen to be one of the two captains on the defense by his teammates.

The starting weak-side linebacker has appeared in 53 games (46 starts) for the Jaguars and produced 408 tackles, 6.5 sacks, six interceptions and four forced fumbles. He has also scored two defensive touchdowns.

"Telvin has been a productive player and an important part of our defense, and he has earned this second contract," Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin said

"We want to identify the players who will contribute to help 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."

Smith and last year's second-round pick, Myles Jack, are the team's nickel linebackers. Jack plays strong-side linebacker in the base defense and middle linebacker in nickel situations. Smith's deal keeps the pair together until at least 2019.

The Jaguars still have a few notable players poised for free agency next offseason. Wide receivers Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee and cornerback Aaron Colvin were also part of the 2014 draft class. 

All three are set to become free agents in March.

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter at @Mike_E_Kaye.

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