Center Brad Meester admits he was a bit nervous, but still excited as he waited in February for the Jaguars new executives to conduct their offseason evaluation and decide whether they wanted him back this year.

“Nervous about it, yes. At that point I was going to be excited either way. If I got that chance to come [back] here, I couldn’t be more excited. But if it didn’t happen, we [his wife, who is expecting their sixth child] were ready for that next stage,’’ he said.

“I wasn’t going to hide in the corner for a couple of weeks. We’d be happy either way. We’re very happy and thankful,’’ he said.

So when the Jaguars wanted him back if he could accept a pay cut, that wasn’t a problem for Meester,

He signed a one-year deal to return for his 14th season Tuesday at a salary of about $1.5 million, or half his previous salary.

“It was not hard,’’ he said about the pay cut. “That comes. That happens. I’m never going to complain about a pay cut. I have the opportunity to play the game I love, and I’m going to make a lot more money than most people out there, more than I could ever make doing whatever else. So no, I’m never going to complain about that. You’ve got to be thankful for what you get.’’

Meester said there were some negotiations before they decided on the contract, but he said he never felt it wasn’t going to get done.

“There’s always parts of negotiations,’’ he said. “It’s like buying a new car. Sometimes people come up and down. It was normal stuff. ’’

Meester said he was contacted by some other teams, but wasn’t keen on moving his wife and five daughters. They plan to move back to his home state of Iowa when he retires.

“It had to be the right spot,’’ he said. “With five kids and a pregnant wife, I didn’t want to uproot them.’’