Jaguars Decide it is Meier Time

The Jaguars have taken a big step in securing their defensive line for the foreseeable future as they inked defensive tackle Rob Meier to a 4 year contract extension that will take him through the year 2012.

Meier is highly regarded as one of the best backup defensive tackles in the game, a label he was saddled with as he split time in the Jaguars rotation behind Pro Bowlers John Henderson and Marcus Stroud. As the Jaguars jettisoned Stroud in the offseason to Buffalo for third and fifth-round draft picks, the team opened up the starting job in the middle for Meier, who will be entering his ninth season in the league, all with the Jaguars. The new deal is worth approximately $20 million and will keep Meier in teal through his 35th birthday.

Whereas Meier has never been listed as an opening day starter in his career, he's started 17 games over the last two years in place of Marcus Stroud, and has 34 starts in his career. Meier has 185 tackles in his career, and 19.5 sacks, as he's known as a better pass rusher than run stopper.

Although the 6'5", 308 lb. Meier will likely start games in the middle this year, the Jaguars like to rotate their defensive linemen in and out, and the team will likely look for contributions from Tony McDaniel, Derek Landri, Jimmy Kennedy, and Theo Horrocks, assuming they make the final roster.

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