Jaguars: Lawrence’s Deal a Signal the Club has to be in the Playoff Hunt

By Jeff Moeller, Florida Sports Wire

JACKSONVIILLE –This is now Trevor Lawrence’s team.

Sounds silly, but we can be rest assured. Remember, there were some wild rumors not too long ago that Lawrence was not part of the Jaguars’ future.

Now, five years and $275 million later, he will be here. Maybe it was a pre-Father’s Day gift for all the Jags’ fans.

In all likelihood, it will be longer than five years. He is part of the centerpiece of owner Shahid Khan, who will construct a colossal new stadium as the other half of it.

Khan and GM Trent Baalke believe in Lawrence. That is, at least for five years. Over the past three years, Lawrence has a 20-30 record as a starter.

However, big money also brings big pressure. Khan believes Lawrence is truly among the NFL elites under center.

It also explains how the duo will expect their team to be in the hunt for the Vince Lombardi trophy during the same time span.

The last time the Jaguars went to an AFC Championship Game was in 2017, and their quarterback was 25-year-old Blake Bortles.

In 1996 and 1999, Mark Brunnell took them there when he was 26 and 29 respectively.

Lawrence is 24 and will be 29 when this deal expires. Hmm..see any relationship, here?
The Jags are only one of three four teams not to make it to the Big Dance along with the Browns, Lions, and Texans.

New stadium is on the horizon coupled with an anticipated superstar quarterback.

Oh, I forgot something.

Khan and his staff also linked 26-year-old edge rusher Josh Allen to a five-year deal. That’s an additional part of the centerpiece. Running back Travis Etienne or tackle Josh Harrsion could be the next part or parts.

Jags’ ownership saw what a return to the postseason and then the miraculous win over the Chargers did for the fan base. The rising Duval faithful needed some signs of long-term commitments.

Yet, big money brings big pressure. Head coach Doug Pederson also has to take the lead for the postseason.

Lawrence’s deal can also be a signal that the Jags have to be in the playoff hunt this season. Houston rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud has raised the Texans’ expectations to be back in the postseason, and Indianapolis is waiting to see what injured rookie signal caller Anthony Richardson can bring to the table this fall.

The Jaguars will have to navigate their way through a suddenly tight division, and they open the season with the Dolphins, Browns, Bills, and Texans.

Jacksonville has a deep receiving corps and has made some key additions to its defense. Most prognosticators see them as a playoff team.

But ii will all hinge on Lawrence and Allen for the next year and the following four years.

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