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    Trevor Lawrence After Signing $275 Million Contract Extension – ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’

    Following his massive $275 million contract extension, Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars are excited for what's next, declaring that the best is yet to come.

    Just following the conclusion of NFL minicamps, the Jacksonville Jaguars locked up Trevor Lawrence on a massive extension, putting him in a tie for the title of highest-paid quarterback in the league.

    For both the Jaguars and Lawrence, there’s nothing but excitement about what the future now holds.

    Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars Excited About Their Future

    Lawrence’s deal came in at $275 million over five years, an average of $55 million per year, with $200 million guaranteed.

    “With this five-year extension, the vision we had when we selected Trevor first overall in 2021 has become a reality,” said Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke in a statement following the move. “Trevor is a foundational talent that we will continue to build around in our quest for a championship.”

    “With his talent, work ethic, leadership, and competitive drive we are confident the best is yet to come and are thrilled that he and Marissa will continue to make Jacksonville their home,” said Baalke.

    “I am beyond grateful to be able to continue my career in Jacksonville,” said Lawrence. “My family and I love this city – it has become home to us and this solidifies that even more. We can’t thank Mr. Khan, and everyone involved for their belief in me.”

    “I know that the best is yet to come and this is only the beginning,” Lawrence added. “The drive to bring a championship to Duval is bigger than ever. Let’s get it done.”

    “I am delighted that we’ve agreed to terms on a contract extension for Trevor Lawrence,” said team owner Shad Khan in a statement he released following the announcement of the deal.

    “To get it done comfortably and amicably ahead of training camp, as with the long-term agreement we reached in April with Josh Allen, is a further statement that the Jacksonville Jaguars are committed to winning now and for many seasons to come,” said Khan.

    It isn’t just the front office or Lawrence, either. His teammates have publicly shared their belief in Lawrence following the massive extension. “No one more deserving! Proud of you brother, let’s keep working,” said wide receiver Christian Kirk on X (Formerly known as Twitter). “This is really good 🙏!,” said safety Andre Cisco on X.

    Can Lawrence and the Jaguars Bounce Back in 2024?

    In 2022, the Jaguars and Lawrence enjoyed a massive breakthrough, winning the AFC South. Even beyond that, they took down the Los Angeles Chargers in the Wild Card Round in which Lawrence led a heroic 27-point comeback. Lawrence himself passed for 4,113 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The combination of all those developments made for massive expectations going into 2023.

    However, the Jaguars fell short of those expectations. Despite starting 8-3, one game away from the AFC’s top seed, the Jaguars lost five of their last six games, missing the playoffs entirely with a 9-8 record. For Lawrence, he suffered multiple injuries to finish the season and ended with just 4,016 yards, 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

    For Lawrence, though, his stats didn’t tell the whole story. A combination of his injuries and his teammates led to stats that belied the overall caliber of his performance. According to Dan Pizzuta of The 33rd Team, Lawrence had the most EPA (Expected Points Added) lost to dropped passes of any quarterback in 2023.

    That, plus many other missed catch opportunities (due to receivers not securing passes inbounds), led to lackluster numbers that can’t be fully blamed on Lawrence.

    However, the 2024 Jaguars will be a lot different than the 2023 version. In terms of the offense, there’s essentially an entirely new wide receiver room. With Calvin Ridley now in Tennessee and Zay Jones cut, in comes Gabe Davis from Buffalo and Brian Thomas Jr. from LSU.

    Kirk will be the lone returning primary receiver, but it is important to note that he is returning from an injury suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals, when the Jaguars’ season collapse began.

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    Both Davis and Thomas Jr. were brought in to change how the passing game works. Simply, they want to pass the ball downfield more. A lot more. Thomas Jr.’s 17.3 yards per catch and 17 touchdowns and Davis’ 16.9 YPC and seven scores will ensure Lawrence has the ability to do exactly that.

    Another massive change the Jaguars made was in the middle of the offensive line, bringing in former Bills center Mitch Morse on a two-year deal. For a majority of 2023, center was arguably the Jaguars’ biggest weakness with Luke Fortner, then the starting center, recording a mere 44.3 Pro Football Focus grade.

    Finally, the next biggest weakness for the Jaguars was interior defensive line. How’d they go about addressing it?

    First, they signed former 49ers defensive tackle Arik Armstead to a three-year deal. They subsequently spent both a second-round and fourth-round pick on defensive tackles in the draft (Maason Smith and Jordan Jefferson).

    Long story short, the Jaguars spent the 2024 offseason fixing their biggest weaknesses. Whether that will be enough to thrust them back to the top remains to be seen, considering they’re in a very competitive AFC.

    Just in their own division alone, the Jaguars will have to face an improved Houston Texans team, which just won the division in 2023 and is returning C.J. Stroud, among a host of other young and veteran talents. There’s also the Indianapolis Colts with Anthony Richardson and a much-improved Tennessee Titans squad.

    Outside of the AFC South but within the conference, the Jaguars will also have to deal with the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on top of the remaining threat of the Baltimore Ravens and the Bills.

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    Oh yeah, the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets also get their star quarterbacks, Joe Burrow and Aaron Rodgers, back from injury. In short, it won’t be an easy path to success, but the Jaguars are more than capable if they can stay healthy.

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