Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Posluszny Agrees to New Pact; 3-Year, $15 Million Deal Frees Up More Cap Space for Jaguars

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Posluszny Agrees to New Pact; 3-Year, $15 Million Deal Frees Up More Cap Space for Jaguars

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Although flush with salary cap space, the Jaguars created more room Thursday by signing middle linebacker Paul Posluszny to a new contract.

According to a league source, the deal is for three years and $15 million. Posluszny can earn an additional $3 million if he meets playing-time benchmarks.

Posluszny was slated to have cap numbers of $9.5 million this year and $7.5 million in 2016.

If Posluszny's new cap charge is $5 million, it would give the Jaguars an NFL-high $39,595,883 in space, which they can roll over into next year.

Posluszny could not be reached for comment. General manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley issued statements through the team.

Caldwell: "Paul is a true pro in every sense of the word.aHe is a valuable asset on and off the field and has done a great job mentoring our younger players while also performing well on the field."

Bradley: "I can't say enough about Paul and what he means to our team. He is highly respected by his teammates and our coaching staff. You don't measure a guy like Paul with just his stats but the overall impact he has on our team.aHe has earned the respect of everybody in the building with his preparation, determination and drive to get better each and every day."

The nature of the Posluszny-Jaguars deal - extending a player with multiple years remaining on his contract - is a first for Caldwell.

The last two Decembers, Caldwell signed defensive tackles Sen'Derrick Marks (2013) and Roy Miller (2014) to extensions months before they would have entered unrestricted free agency.

On Dec. 29, a day after the Jaguars season ended, Posluszny said he was open to adding time to his contract if it meant lowering his salary cap number.

The new deal comes after Posluszny missed the final nine games of 2014 with a torn chest muscle that required surgery. …

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