The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed linebacker Telvin Smith to a four-year contract extension.
Jaguars giving LB Telvin Smith a 4 year, $50 million extension, source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 26, 2017
Smith has appeared in 53 career games with 47 starts since originally being drafted 144th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was named a defensive captain in 2017 and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers after finishing with a game-high 10 tackles and a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown.
“Telvin has been a productive player and an important part of our defense, and he has earned this second contract,” 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, who leads the team and ranks sixth in the NFL with 58 tackles, has made double-digit tackles in three of the last four games. For his career, Smith has totaled 403 tackles (311 solo), 44 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 22 passes defensed and six interceptions interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
Love you, Telvin.