Jaguars continue building foundation for O-line

Posted Sept. 11, 2010 @ 5:19 p.m.
Posted By Arthur Arkush

The Jaguars' decision to reward ORG Uche Nwaneri with a five-year, $24 million contract extension last week came as a surprise to some around the league. The versatile Nwaneri can play both guard and center, and has the ability to overpower defenders at times, but he's still developing, the way we hear it. The deal, which includes $8 million to $9 million in guaranteed money, is far greater than the typical amount the Jaguars typically pay guards, but the club thinks that Nwaneri will continue to build on a strong 2009 campaign. It also helps secure three-fifths of its offensive line — '09 first- and second-rounders OLT Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton are signed through 2013 and ’12, respectively. Daily team observers tell PFW that both young tackles appear poised for greatness — Monroe, in particular, having shed 30 pounds from his rookie season, appears much quicker and looks to have a better understanding of the offense.


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