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Gus Bradley: Chad Henne showed strong leadership in 2013

Chad Henne has started 19 games for the Jaguars over the last two seasons and will likely be a priority for the team during the offseason.

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Chad Henne started 13 games for the Jaguars in 2013, compiling a 4-9 record in the starting lineup, and now the team wants to make sure they don't lose him in free agency. On Wednesday, Bradley joined Jessica Blaylock and Ryan O'Halloran on 1010XL's "The Jag Wire" and praised Henne for his performance during the 2013 season.

"I thought he did a really good job leading our team," Bradley said. "The competition that took place with him and Blaine [Gabbert] during OTAs, minicamp and training camp, he really didn't flinch through the whole process and then when he got his opportunity, he took advantage of it and we felt like he made really good progress.

"He has a chance to get better within the system and we're really excited for him, as far as what he brought leadership-wise. Hopefully he continues to prove that."

Henne, 28, signed a two-year deal with the Jaguars in 2012 worth $6.75 with the intent that he would back-up Gabbert. Instead, he's started more games than the 2011 first-round pick over the last two seasons due to injuries and the eventual benching of Gabbert.

In two seasons with the Jaguars, Henne has compiled a 5-14 record with 5,325 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. If he does re-sign with the team, it would almost certainly be in a backup role as the Jaguars will almost certainly address the quarterback position in the 2014 NFL Draft.