JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fourth-year LB Telvin Smith to a four-year contract extension, the club announced today.
“I am excited about the opportunity to continue my career in Jacksonville and stay with the team that believed in me coming into the league in 2014,” said Smith. “I am grateful for my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches and the incredible Jaguars fans for always supporting me and allowing me to play this game that I love. I also want to thank Shad Khan and the Jaguars organization for believing in me and giving me this amazing opportunity. It’s been a privilege these last four years, and there is so much that I want to accomplish as a teammate and as an individual in this league. We have created a bond in that locker room and everyone is committed to our goal of winning football games. I am honored to be a part of that culture and help continue to lead this team in the right direction.”
Smith, 6-3, 215, has appeared in 53 career games with 47 starts since originally being drafted in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Smith was named a defensive captain in 2017 and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 5 at Pittsburgh after finishing with a game-high 10 tackles and a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Jaguars’ victory. The award marked Smith’s third time winning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors, the most by a defender in Jaguars history.
“Telvin has been a productive player and an important part of our defense, and he has earned this second contract,” said Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin. “We want to identify the players who will contribute to help this team win going forward, and reward those who can do that. Telvin is certainly one of those players for us. This is a high performance business, and we look for his continued development as a team leader both on and off the field. Along with this new contract Telvin must accept the high expectations that go with it.”
Smith, who leads the team and ranks sixth in the NFL with 58 tackles, has made double-digit tackles in three of the last four games. For his career, Smith has totaled 403 tackles (311 solo), 44 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 22 passes defensed and 6 INTs, including 2 INTs returned for TDs. Smith has posted career-highs of 16 tackles (Dec. 28, 2014 at Houston), three tackles for loss (Sept. 13, 2015 vs. Carolina), 2.0 sacks (Dec. 6, 2015 at Tennessee) and three passes defensed (Oct. 25, 2015 vs. Buffalo).Smith played collegiately at Florida State University where he appeared in 54 games and finished his career with 214 tackles (139 solo), 39 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, 4 rumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles and 4 passes defensed. He tied the school record with three INTs returned for TDs during his collegiate career and was a first-team All-ACC selection. Smith grew up in Valdosta, Ga., and attended Lowndes (Ga.) High School where he led the team with a Class 5A Championship during his junior season.