Jags re-sign Rashean Mathis to one-year, $5 million deal

AP

Rashean Mathis has played nine years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  He’s now on track to make it a full decade.

Six days from free agency, Mathis has agreed to terms on a new deal.  Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it’s a one-year, $5 million contract.

In 2011, Mathis earned a base salary of $4.45 million.  He tore an ACL in November, appearing in only nine games.

Though some may point out that the deal is short, it’s actually better than a multi-year deal with an option or roster bonus due in 2013.  In those situations, the team will keep the player if he’s effective — cut him if he isn’t.  In this situation, Mathis is guaranteed to get back to the market in 2013 no matter how he performs this season.

And with a one-year deal, he’s got a strong incentive to play well.