The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed defensive end Tony Brackens to a designated one-year franchise tender offer of $4.253 million. Brackens had been designated as the team's franchise player on February 10, the first player ever tagged as a franchise player by the Jaguars. The contract is a minimum of the average of the top five salaries of NFL defensive ends last season.
"I feel good about being here, and we are going to move forward from here," said Brackens. "I have wanted to come in for a long time and I'm ready to get back to work. I know it's all business. These are big decisions we have to make. They (the team) are doing what they have to do, and I think they are doing a good job communicating and hopefully we can get a long-term deal done, although we haven't discussed that yet. I think my teammates all understand my actions and the things that go on during negotiations. Now I just want to get back to playing football."
Jaguars senior vice president of football operations Michael Huyghue said, "We worked hard to get a long-term deal, but we were unable to do it. It was their initiative to come in and do the one-year tender. At this point it gives us the ability to look forward to the future about a long-term deal, if that can be achieved."
To make room on the roster for Brackens, the Jaguars waived wide receiver Gunnard Twyner, a second-year player who was signed on February 22.