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Jacksonville Jaguars Sign ST Montell Owens and WR Mike Thomas to Contract Extensions

October 7th, 2011 at 11:13 PM
By Michael Hall

The Jacksonville Jaguars have seem to be getting the messy contract negotiations over with before they start. Special Teams ace Montell Owens signed a 3-year contract extension and while the exact numbers are not clear, it is reasonable to assume that the deal is similar to the contract of fellow Special Teamer Kassim Osgood (3 years, $6.675 million). WR Mike Thomas received a 3-year extension worth $18 million, with $9 million guaranteed.

Montell Owens was acquired by the Jaguars in 2006 when he signed was an undrafted free agent out of Maine. Since then, he has been a force in special teams coverage.His 95 career special teams tackles are a franchise record and for his accomplishments, he was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2010. 

Mike Thomas was drafted in the 4th round in the 2009 NFL Draft. In college at Arizona, he was the all-time receptions leader in Pac-10 history. However, despite his sucess, he was marked down in the draft for exceptional shortness (Mike Thomas is listed as 5-8).  Since Mike Thomas arrived in Jacksonville, he has been one of the team's most consistent playmakers, When the Jaguars absolutely need a first down they go to Mike Thomas, which is why some people refer to him as the Maurice Jones-Drew of the receivers and it isn't because he is only an inch taller than Mojo. Since 2009, Thomas has caught more passes than any other Jaguars receiver with 114 catches. This season, through 4 games, he has caught 20 passes for 212 yards. While those are not spectacular numbers, it must be considered that he is dealing with a rookie QB and none of his fellow receivers have 10 receptions or 100 yards this year.

Tags: Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaguars, Kassim Osgood, Maurice-Jones Drew, Mike Thomas, Montell Owens, NFL

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