Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Contract No Issue for LB Smith

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Contract No Issue for LB Smith

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Byline: Gene Frenette

One of the Jaguars' most productive and durable players is entering the last year of his contract, but linebacker Daryl Smith has no intention of making an issue over getting an extension.

"Of course, I want to get it done, but I don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about it," said Smith, who signed a $25 million extension back in 2007. "I'd like to finish up my career in Jacksonville, but I understand it's a business decision. Everything will work out, I'm not stressing about it."

The 30-year-old Smith has started more games than any Jaguar over the last eight seasons (122) and is also the team's career tackles leader (1,084). He seems more focused on making sure this team continues to progress under new coach Mike Mularkey than his next big payday.

"With new coaches, we're trying to build something, that's the important thing," Smith added. "What I like is everything about practice is fast, crisp. We're not getting babied. The attention to detail, guys taking notes, just being a pro on and off the field, it's all there."

SIXTH-ROUND PICK HARRIS SIGNED

Two days after second-round pick Andre Branch became the first to sign from the Jaguars' 2012 draft class, cornerback and sixth-round choice Mike Harris from Florida State reached an agreement Thursday on a four-year contract.

Harris' signing means only four Jaguars' draft picks, including first-round WR Justin Blackmon, have deals still pending. The others are punter Bryan Anger, linebacker Brandon Marshall and defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton. As of Thursday, the NFL announced 181-of-253 players drafted had signed contracts.

TECHNICALLY, ANGER KEPT HIS PROMISE

Early in punter Anger's college career, when former Jaguars' punter and fellow Cal alumnus Nick Harris was with the Detroit Lions, he said Harris joked with him to "just promise you're not going to end up in Detroit to take my position." Five weeks ago, the Jaguars made Anger their third-round pick and ended up cutting Harris, who came to the team last season. …

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