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JAGUARS SIGN NOVAK to extension; BROOKS AND KOPP sign new contracts

The Jacksonville Jaguars today re-signed three players: offensive lineman Jeff Novak signed a contract extension, while cornerback-kickoff returner Bucky Brooks and linebacker Jeff Kopp signed new contracts with the team. Length and terms of the contracts are undisclosed.

Novak, 29, played in five games in 1996 after having started games at three different positions in '95. A four-year NFL veteran, Novak joined the Jaguars as their third pick in the 1995 expansion draft.

Brooks, 26, served as the Jaguars' kickoff returner and nickel back during the second half of the 1996 season. He returned 17 kickoffs for 412 yards, a 24.2-yard average that led the team. A converted wide receiver, Brooks joined the team after being claimed on waivers from the Green Bay Packers on October 29 to replace the injured Dave Thomas.

Kopp, 25, signed with the Jaguars as a free agent a month into the '96 season after Bryan Schwartz was injured. He tied for second on the team with 15 special teams tackles despite playing in just 12 games.

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