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Weaver thanks Brunell


As Mark Brunell was being officially traded to the Washington Redskins today, Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver thanked the quarterback for his nine-seasons performance with the Jaguars.

"I want to publicly thank Mark Brunell for his nine years as a Jaguar, and I want to wish Mark and his family nothing but success in Washington," Weaver said. "Mark's contributions to this football team have been documented, but his contributions to this community extend far beyond the football field. He has made an impact here in many ways, and we are indebted to him for what he helped us achieve."

Brunell started 117 of the 122 regular-season games he played with the Jaguars, after being acquired by Jacksonville via a trade with Green Bay in 1995. He also started all eight postseason contests for the Jaguars. Brunell holds numerous team passing records and finished his tenure with 25,698 yards passing, with 2,184 completions in 3,612 pass attempts and a 60.5 completion percentage. He threw 144 touchdown passes versus 86 interceptions for a passer rating of 85.5. He also rushed for 2,223 yards and 14 touchdowns.

In other Jaguars news today, the team signed long-snapper Joe Zelenka to a new contract.

Zelenka, 27, played in all 16 games for the Jaguars last season and hasn't missed a game in his three seasons in Jacksonville, after being signed as a free agent.

The third-round draft pick the Jaguars received in the Brunell trade give the Jaguars eight picks in the 2004 NFL Draft; two picks in the third round and one pick each in the first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.

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