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    Trevor Lawrence Discusses Huge Contract Extension: ‘I Want To Bring a Championship to Jacksonville’

    Following his massive extension, Trevor Lawrence opened up about the deal, expressing his desire to bring a championship to Jacksonville.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars and Trevor Lawrence agreed to a massive extension earlier this week, cementing Lawrence as the team’s quarterback of the future.

    Now, in his first media appearance since, he is stressing his determination to bring the team its first championship.

    Trevor Lawrence Determined To Lead Jaguars to Super Bowl Contention

    Three years after being taken No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, Lawrence signed a five-year, $275 million extension that tied him with Joe Burrow for the highest-paid player by average annual salary in NFL history. Now, with the deal in the rearview mirror, Lawrence’s focus is on bringing a Super Bowl to Duval County.

    Speaking to the media for the first time on Thursday, Lawrence had nothing but faith in the direction the Jaguars are going.

    “The direction that we’re heading on the football side, that makes it obviously a no brainer for us,” said Lawrence on getting a deal done to stay in Jacksonville. “We’re headed in the right direction and I want to be the quarterback here. I want to bring a championship to Jacksonville. That’s my goal.”

    “I really know that we can accomplish that. I’m excited for that and, you know, it just pairs with we love living here too,” said Lawrence.

    In addition to signing his contract and meeting with the media, the Jaguars social media team also surprised Lawrence with a video of his family and friends surprising him and congratulating him on his new deal.

    Some names in the video included his wife Marissa Lawrence, college and NFL teammate Travis Etienne Jr., and a host of other friends and family members. “I might need just a small loan,” joked Dabo Swinney, his former head coach at Clemson.

    Revisiting the Jaguars’ Offseason

    Following a disappointing 2023 campaign, the Jaguars got to work quickly in their 2024 offseason. To kick things off, they began bringing in talent through free agency.

    On the offensive side of the ball, they signed former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis to a three-year, $39 million contract. An outside receiver that’s known for stretching the field and winning 50-50 catch situations, Davis joins Jacksonville as a replacement for Zay Jones, who was released as a cap casualty later in the offseason.

    The Jaguars also brought in center Mitch Morse in addition to re-signing Ezra Cleveland and D’Ernest Johnson. Morse most notably joins the team as a replacement for Luke Fortner, who had struggled greatly in recent years, bringing the Jaguars’ offensive line down in both pass protection and run blocking.

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    Defensively, the Jaguars’ splash signing was defensive tackle Arik Armstead, who joined the team on a three-year, $51 million deal. The Jaguars’ interior defensive line was one of the team’s biggest weaknesses, and Armstead’s job is to fix that and bring much-needed interior pass rush.

    Some other defensive additions include cornerback Ronald Darby, EDGE Trevis Gipson, and safety Darnell Savage. Darby and Savage project as a starting outside corner and nickel, respectively, while Gipson will find himself on the defensive-line rotation.

    Following free agency, the Jaguars also signed superstar EDGE Josh Allen to a five-year, $150 million extension after placing the franchise tag on him earlier in the offseason. His deal truly amounts to roughly five years, $141.25 million, but locks him up as a franchise cornerstone.

    Then came the 2024 NFL Draft, when the Jaguars brought in what could be the most important piece of their offseason — wide receiver Brian Thomas Jr. Taken with the 23rd pick in the first round, Thomas projects as a replacement for Calvin Ridley.

    With his size, speed, and play style, Thomas could likely end up an upgrade for the Jaguars. While Ridley was a pristine route runner, the Jaguars had been looking for a physical deep threat that Ridley was not and Thomas is. If he can perform as a rookie, he could help Lawrence explode onto the scene.

    In addition to Thomas, the Jaguars also added defensive tackles Maason Smith and Jordan Jefferson, cornerbacks Jarrian Jones and Deantre Prince, offensive tackle Javon Foster, kicker Cam Little, running back/kick returner Keilan Robinson, and EDGE Myles Cole.

    Can Jacksonville Return to the Postseason?

    After a 2021 season that saw the Jaguars earn the first overall pick and fire Urban Meyer, the 2022 team surprised the NFL world by winning the AFC South and making the playoffs. To turn the notch up even more, they put together a comeback from a 27-0 deficit against the Los Angeles Chargers to win their first playoff game since 2017.

    However, despite starting 8-3 and having their name in the hunt for the AFC’s No. 1 seed, the 2023 Jaguars suffered an epic collapse that ended with the team not even making the playoffs. That begs the question of whether they get back to the postseason in 2024? It’s certainly in play.

    A big reason for the Jaguars’ collapse was injuries. On Monday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Jaguars were 8-3 and held the top seed. Then, on the first drive of the game, wide receiver Christian Kirk went down with a season-ending injury. Later that game Lawrence also went down with the first of three injuries that lingered for the rest of the season.

    As a result, with a beat-up Lawrence and no Kirk, the Jaguars kept losing games. The only game they won to finish the season was against the Carolina Panthers, who held the worst record in the NFL.

    Now, the Jaguars are healthy again. Just having Lawrence and Kirk back should make a world of a difference. Additionally, they return a plethora of key pieces including Etienne, Evan Engram, Allen, Foyesade Oluokun, Travon Walker, etc.

    Additionally, the team’s offseason approach could also play an integral role, filling almost every need they had.

    While there weren’t many overtly flashy moves, the Jaguars added good players at their weakest positions (C, IDL, WR). If their plan works out, the team could be much more balanced going forward. As a result, they could win more games.

    It will be tough though, considering the Jaguars reside in an increasingly challenging AFC South. The Houston Texans return C.J. Stroud and a much-improved roster, while the Indianapolis Colts get back a healthy Anthony Richardson. Oh yeah, the Tennessee Titans also added a lot of veterans in free agency, including Ridley, and could pose a threat as well.

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    It isn’t just their division, though. The rest of the AFC is daunting as well. The Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, and Buffalo Bills should all once again profile as dominant threats. Then there’s the Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and New York Jets, who all return strong rosters.

    Simply, it won’t be easy. However, the Jaguars are more than capable of making a return to the postseason. Their chances of doing so will once again ride on their collective health, a factor that clearly didn’t go their way late in the 2023 season.

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