Meester has decided to rejoin the Jacksonville Jaguars, signing a one-year deal to play a 14th season.|||||||
Meester, a second-round draft pick in 2000, has spent his entire career in Jacksonville. He holds franchise records for games played (193) and started (193), and is the only player to spend 13 seasons with the club. He will enter next season with a streak of 74 consecutive starts, tied for the second-longest in team history and the second-longest streak among active NFL centers.
Feeling like he has another year in him and not wanting to end his career with the worst season in franchise history, veteran center Brad Meester decided Tuesday to keep playing. Meester signed a one-year contract to play a 14th season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.|||||||
A second-round draft pick in 2000, Meester holds franchise records for games played (193) and started (193). He will enter next season with a streak of 74 consecutive starts, tied for the second-longest in team history and the second-longest streak among active NFL centers. He met with new general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley in recent days, and said their energy played a role in keeping him around for one of the worst franchises in the NFL.
The Jacksonville Jaguars opened free agency by re-signing Meester.|||||||
It wasn't the big moves the Jaguars have had in recent years - they signed defensive end Reggie Hayward, cornerback Brian Williams, right tackle Tony Pashos, cornerback Drayton Florence and receiver Jerry Porter to open free agency the last four years.
Meester could miss the start of the season because of a strained right biceps.|||||||
Meester sustained the injury during training camp Sunday, but it wasn't clear he was hurt until he missed practice Monday night. It's the third injury in the last four seasons for the 31-year-old offensive lineman and the second in as many training camps. Longtime backup Dennis Norman, who filled in for Meester in '05 and '07, will move back into the starting lineup.
Meester is expected to return to the lineup Sunday, according to the Florida Times Union.|||||||
Meester missed the first five weeks of the season after cracking a bone in his ankle during the preseason. It's not known whether he'll start, but the likelihood is he won't.