Is Jacksonville Jaguars LB Myles Jack’s contract really that bad?

Myles Jack #44 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Myles Jack #44 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

Is Myles Jack’s contract bad for the Jacksonville Jaguars?

Linebacker Myles Jack has been a stud for the Jacksonville Jaguars since they drafted him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Even though he hasn’t earned any Pro Bowl or All-Pro nods, he’s been one of their most consistent contributors, but is was it worth giving him a contract extension in 2019?

Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report believes the four-year $57 million extension the UCLA standout signed is the worst contract this Jacksonville team currently has. He argues that his production isn’t proportional to his deal, which is the fifth richest for a linebacker in the NFL. Davenport rightfully points out Jack is coming off a very productive season but thinks he isn’t a top-notch linebacker and he may not even be the best one the ‘Jags’ have.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are surely pleased with Myles Jack.

Players are worth whatever a team is willing to offer and this isn’t any different with Jack. The Jaguars believed he deserved to be compensated well for his services and they made an offer that reflected what they thought of him. Moreover, the veteran linebacker hasn’t been a slouch and has been a bright spot for Jacksonville throughout his five-year career, logging 405 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 15 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and three interceptions.

It’s true that Jack isn’t usually named among the best linebackers in the league, but the fact the Jaguars haven’t won much lately certainly plays a role. He will surely garner more national attention when Jacksonville starts winning again. In the meantime, the team’s brass should be pleased with his role on and off the field.

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Many changes are coming in Jacksonville this season. There will be a new coaching staff and a new front office in place, but regardless of the direction the organization takes, Myles Jack should be part of it.