Mike Thomas deal a smart move for Jaguars

October, 6, 2011
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The Jaguars have very limited weapons for Blaine Gabbert, even if you include the tight ends and backs with the receivers.

But they’ve ensured the best receiver they have will be able to build a long-term relationship with Gabbert. Per John Clayton, Jacksonville has given Mike Thomas a three-year contract that stacks on top of what remained through 2012 on his original deal.

The three new years are worth $18 million with $9 million guaranteed. It’s unknown how much of that he’s getting as he signs.

It’s a good move. Thomas is a quality player who is going to look better in time when the Jaguars improve the group around him. He fits their mold in terms of work ethic and personality and he’s a good player.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. is a big fan, and he’s told me before that he thinks Thomas will ultimately prove to be some sort of combination of Carolina’s Steve Smith and New England’s Wes Welker.

If he approaches anything like that, his third contract will make this one look small.

One other aside: GM Gene Smith and the front office are not signed beyond this year. That owner Wayne Weaver is allowing them to negotiate such an extension might be read as a good indication about their futures.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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