Running back Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t the only high-profile Jaguars player entering the final year of his contract.
Left tackle Eugene Monroe will see five-year, $26.25 million contract expire after this season.
The Jaguars’ best offensive lineman last year – he didn’t miss a snap and was called for six penalties – Monroe said he isn’t concerned about signing an extension during the season.
“I do [think about it] but my focus is on always getting better,” he said today in the Jaguars’ locker room. “Whether the deal is up, it doesn’t dictate how I train because I’m the same way every day. I don’t focus on it. We have a new system and I’m focused on soaking in all the new information and improving my game.”
Monroe said general manager Dave Caldwell hasn’t approached him or his agent about an extension and it’s unlikely that will happen during the season.
A potential subplot, although unlikely, would be if the Jaguars choose a left tackle (Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher) and move Monroe to the right side. Again, we stress that is unlikely.
But that wouldn’t go over well with Monroe.
“I’m a left tackle,” he said. “I’ve been playing left tackle since middle school.”
Contract not a focus for Monroe
Jacksonville Times-Union | Apr 10