Chad Henne Agrees to 2-Year Deal with Jacksonville Jaguars

Alex KayCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2014

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have come to an agreement with Chad Henne that will keep the veteran quarterback under contract with the team for two more years.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the deal on Friday afternoon:

Hays Carlyon of The Florida Times-Union confirmed the news with the Jaguars shortly after:

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reported details of the contract later Friday:

Associated Press reporter Mark Long notes that Henne will likely be the starter next season:

Jags general manager Dave Caldwell made it a point to reach out to Henne while his club held exclusive negotiating rights, fearing that he might lose the signal-caller in unrestricted free agency, which opens on March 11.

Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Caldwell told Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union that he wanted to lock up the 28-year-old early in the offseason, even though it is no secret his franchise will be giving other quarterbacks heavy consideration in the upcoming NFL draft.

"You never know [about the market]," Caldwell said. "It doesn’t matter if it's a big market or a small market. All it takes is one team."

Team owner Shad Khan bluntly stated that his team would be drafting as many as two quarterbacks this spring, as per O'Halloran in a separate report.

"We have to get better at that [quarterback position]," Khan said. "I think there's no mystery that we're going to be taking a quarterback and maybe two."

O'Halloran noted how this would impact the team's draft strategy:

At worst, this move solidifies the backup quarterback position in Jacksonville, as Alessandro Miglio of Bleacher Report observed:

However, Henne is a capable starter when called upon. He finished the 2013 campaign having played in 15 games, completing 305 of 503 passes (60.6 percent) for 3,241 yards, 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

The six-year veteran would have had other suitors on the open market, as Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 said the Houston Texans were one team that planned on giving Henne some serious consideration:

The Jaguars hold the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming draft and have a plethora of quarterback prospects to mull over.

UCF’s Blake Bortles, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater may all be available when Jacksonville is on the clock and are well worth consideration with its selection.

Henne projects to be a capable mentor and excellent backup to any one of these quarterbacks or whomever else the Jags decide to draft to bolster their talent level at the position.