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Friday, December 27, 2013
Jaguars extend Sen'Derrick Marks

By Michael DiRocco
ESPN.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars secured what they believe is another building block on defense Friday by signing tackle Sen'Derrick Marks to a new contract reportedly worth up to $22 million over four years.

Marks, who was just days away from becoming an unrestricted free agent, said he was surprised to get the deal before the Jaguars (4-11) finished the season at Indianapolis (10-5) on Sunday.

"I didn't expect it," Marks said. "I thought it was going to go all the way into the offseason, but it was never a worry about what would happen. My job was to go out and continue to play. Still have a game left, so I didn't think one bit about it."

Jaguars GM David Caldwell said the timing worked out for both sides as it allows some of the money to be included under this season's salary cap.

Marks, who will turn 27 in February, set career highs in sacks (four), passes defensed (eight), forced fumbles (two) and fumble recoveries (three) in 2013. He had three sacks, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and zero fumble recoveries in his first four seasons with Tennessee.

"He did everything that we asked him to do and more, and he's exceeded our expectations," Caldwell said. "This is something that it just kind of fit. It was a really fair deal for the player. We felt like it was a fair deal for us. They wanted to get it done, we wanted to get it done, and we were able to do it before he hit free agency."

Marks had signed a one-year deal for $1.5 million with a $920,000 signing bonus in April.

The deal was first reported by the NFL Network.