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Jaguars sign DT Marks to four-year extension

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The Jacksonville Jaguars signed fifth-year defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.

The deal is worth $22 million and includes $8 million guaranteed, according to USA Today.

The Jaguars signed Marks as an unrestricted free agent from the Tennessee Titans this year.

"The reason I chose to sign here (this) year was what the staff told me about the guys in the building, how the staff was and the scheme I was going to be in," Marks said in a statement. "It worked out great for me. I'm excited to be here in the future and be a part of where this team is headed. Hopefully everybody can see that we are building something here. I saw that first-hand this season and I'm looking forward to the future. My focus right now is on Sunday and finishing out this season."

The Jaguars (4-11) finish the season Sunday at the Indianapolis Colts (10-5).

"We are excited to have Sen'Derrick as part of our organization for years to come," general manager David Caldwell said in a statement. "Both sides wanted to get a deal done and Sen'Derrick made it known this is where he wanted to be. As we said from the beginning, we want to take care of our own players who fit into the culture we have established and are productive on the field. Sen'Derrick was a key member of our defense and his leadership on and off the field has been invaluable for our young players."

Marks started a career-high 15 games and has a career-best four sacks, eight pass breakups, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He leads the team in fumble recoveries, ranks second in quarterback pressures with nine and third in sacks.

"I give a lot of credit to Shad Khan and David Caldwell for allowing this to happen," coach Gus Bradley said in a statement. "It's all about the direction we're heading as a team, and the direction we want to go is to get key people like Sen'Derrick. He's done a great of competing from day one and has served as a mentor for our younger players in the meeting room and on the field. We knew Sen'Derrick really wanted to be here so we're happy to get it accomplished at this time."

Marks, a second-round draft pick of the Titans in 2009, spent his first four seasons with Tennessee. In 66 NFL games (41 starts), he has 208 tackles (112 solo), seven sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 16 pass breakups.
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