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Allen Hurns Signs 4-year Contract Extension

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Allen Hurns Agrees to 4-year Deal

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced they have extended wide receiver Allen Hurns to a four year, $40 million extension.

The Jaguars had the 10th ranked passing attack in the National Football League in 2015.  Under quarterback Blake Bortles, they put up 4108 yards through the air, combined with 35 touchdowns.

In 2015, Hurns contributed 1031 yards and 10 touchdowns in 15 games.  Since being signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami, Hurns has been a reliable option for one of the leagues top up-and-coming teams.  He will be a reliable second option behind Allen Robinson, who has emerged as one of the top receivers in the league.

The Rise of the Jags

When the Jaguars hired coach Gus Bradley, then defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, many thought the Jaguars would be a team built around strong zone defensive schemes.  While this has been true, their offense has emerged as one of the best in the league.

2014 first overall pick, Blake Bortles, has led the way for the offensive rebuild, and the team has done a good job putting effective players around him to allow him to be at his best.  Former Penn State standout Allen Robinson and the University of Miami’s Allen Hurns have led the way at the receiver position.

At the running back position, they have former second round selection T.J. Yeldon, and free agent Chris Ivory to lead the way in 2016.

They also signed former Denver Broncos star tight end Julius Thomas prior to the 2015 season.  Thomas spent most of 2016 battling injuries, but displayed flashes of the skill set that made him one of the most coveted offensive free agents just one year ago.

On the defensive side, Gus Bradley has stayed true to his roots.  The Jaguars have built their defense around prospects Jalen Ramsey, Dante Fowler, and Myles Jack.  With the addition of free agents Malik Jackson (Denver), Davon House (Green Bay), and Tashaun Gipson (Cleveland), the Jaguars are primed to have a top unit in the AFC.

It sounds odd to say this, but the Jacksonville Jaguars are primed to be a premier team in the National Football League following several quality drafts that have landed them blue-chip prospects that can be franchise cornerstones for years to come.