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Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence has reportedly agreed to a 5-year, $275 million extension

Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence has reportedly agreed to a 5-year, 5 million extension

The Jacksonville Jaguars are paying money to keep Trevor Lawrence around.

The team reached an agreement with its franchise quarterback to a five-year, $275 million contract extension on Thursday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The deal reportedly has $200 million guaranteed and $142 million fully guaranteed.

The average annual value of $55 million ties Cincinnati Bengals star Joe Burrow for the highest among NFL quarterbacks, thus matching the highest mark in NFL history. The only other members of the $50 million-per-year club: Jared Goff, Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson and Jalen Hurts.

Lawrence’s deal is surpassed in terms of total guaranteed and fully guaranteed money only by Burrow and Deshaun Watson.

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Lawrence’s contract negotiations loomed large during the Jaguars’ offseason, as the former No. 1 pick was eligible for an extension after three seasons of up-and-down quarterback play. He has shown flashes of the generational quarterback prospect he promised when he came out of Clemson. At other times, he seemed humble.

Lawrence posted his second career 4,000-yard season last year, but struggled with interceptions and had a career-high 35 sacks. The Jaguars went 9-8 and missed the playoffs.

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The Jaguars haven’t been a beacon of stability since Lawrence was drafted, thanks mostly to the disastrous hiring of Urban Meyer, but they ultimately had no better choice than to pay him. Lawrence’s contract numbers are the norm for quarterbacks these days.

Jacksonville will now try to build a contender with Lawrence occupying a significant portion of their cap cap. So far, their pickups have included weapons for Lawrence with wide receivers Gabe Davis and Devin DuVernay, as well as protection in the form of center Mitch Morse and guard Ezra Cleveland. However, they lost 2023 leading receiver Calvin Ridley to their AFC South rival Tennessee Titans in free agency.

Lawrence was the crown jewel of a high-profile quarterback class in the 2021 NFL Draft. Everything that’s happened since has probably made the Jaguars feel good that they were bad enough in 2020 to get the top pick.

The pick after Lawrence: Zach Wilson, who never made a move forward with the New York Jets and ended up being traded to the Denver Broncos. Next pick: Trey Lance, who barely saw the field for the San Francisco 49ers and is now with the Dallas Cowboys.

The other two players taken in the first round that year were No. 11 pick Justin Field to the Chicago Bears and No. 15 pick Mac Jones to the New England Patriots. Fields is now headed toward becoming Russell Wilson’s backup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Jones has landed with Jacksonville, where he is set to backup Lawrence.

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It’s only been three years since that draft, but Lawrence is already guaranteed to be the only member of his class to earn a second contract from his original team. Paying Lawrence may not be in the Jaguars’ favor, but he probably beats the alternative.