Jaguars' GM Smith rejected contract extension

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith told the Jacksonville Times-Union that he turned down a contract extension from team owner Wayne Weaver.

Smith, whose contract expires after the season, said he could not accept the offer to add years to his own deal with other members of the front office having their deals set to expire or their salaries frozen.

“A contract was extended to me and I declined it,” Smith said. “I did not think I deserved an extension based on the conditions. Our scouts, and other employees weren’t being extended. I didn’t think I deserved it. However, I do appreciate that Wayne [Weaver] offered me one.”

That is a noble gesture on Smith's part, but the fact is, with the Jaguars 2-6 and Coach Jack Del Rio on the hot seat, the team needs some continuity long-term, otherwise, a full-scale housecleaning could ensue in Jacksonville.

If Del Rio twists in the wind this off-season (his assistant coaches don't have contracts beyond this year, though he does), then Smith's presence offers the best chance for stability within the Jaguars organization, which is probably may have Weaver realized when he offered the extension in the first place.

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