Jaguars Re-Sign Chad Henne

11:01am: The Jaguars have officially re-signed Henne, the team announced today in a press release.

10:10am: The Jaguars have reached an agreement with Chad Henne on an extension that will bring him back to the team for the 2016 season, and perhaps beyond that, a source tells Rand Getlin of the NFL Network (Twitter link). Getlin reports that the two-year deal, which features some incentives, is worth $8MM. Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports (via Twitter) first reported that the two sides were closing in on a deal.Chad Henne

Henne, 30, has started 53 games since entering the league in 2008, including 22 for the Jaguars from 2012 to 2014. However, since the team drafted Blake Bortles third overall in ’14, he has been primarily relegated to backup duty, and seems to have transitioned into the role of a veteran mentor. While he was eligible to reach free agency this winter, it seems he’s comfortable enough in that role to forgo exploring the open market.

Henne’s last contract with Jacksonville, signed back in March 2014, was also a two-year extension worth $8MM, which included incentives and escalators based on playing time and team success. Even though Bortles has now cemented himself as the unquestioned starter for the Jaguars, it’s not surprising to see Henne get a similar deal as the clear-cut No. 2 this time around. He’s one of the more reliable backups in the NFL, and those players typically earn an annual salary in the $4-5MM range.

Given the Jaguars’ cap situation, paying Henne an annual $4MM salary isn’t an issue. According to Over the Cap, the team entered Thursday with a league-high $79.8MM in projected cap room for 2016, so Henne’s new deal will be a small drop in the bucket. Additionally, Bortles won’t be due for a new extension of his own for at least another year or two, so the team’s top two signal-callers will remain very affordable as a duo for the next couple seasons.

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4 comments on “Jaguars Re-Sign Chad Henne

  1. Rory Parks

    Good move for Henne. It’s doubtful he would get a chance to compete for a starting job anywhere–except maybe Cleveland–so he settles for a very comfortable salary to be a No. 2. Nothing wrong with that.

    • priscillaboonie

      Agreed. Good for him.

    • Dallas Robinson

      After a little thought, I suppose I agree too. I was thinking maybe a team like the Rams might be able to offer him a starting job (his numbers as a starter weren’t *that* bad), but Los Angeles, and even Cleveland, is probably looking for someone with more upside.

  2. Sam Robinson

    Henne’s in the same situation as Matt Moore. Both may be on the same level as bottom-tier starters, but it’s a good decision by the Jaguars to keep him around as insurance, just as it would be for Miami to retain Moore again.

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