The one-day contract isn’t just for future Hall of Famers.
The Jaguars announced Wednesday that they will sign defensive tackle Marcus Stroud to a one-day contract so that he can retire as a member of the team. Stroud was the team’s first-round pick in 2001 and made three Pro Bowls during his seven years with the team. If his career doesn’t quite measure up to what LaDainian Tomlinson did for the Chargers, but Stroud had a strong run in Jacksonville that deserves a bit of recognition as he hangs up the cleats.
Stroud talked earlier this offseason about trying to extend his career, but that notion seems to have put in cold storage. Stroud didn’t play at all in 2011 after a shoulder injury led to his release by the Patriots, surgery and a staph infection. Stroud was traded from Jacksonville to Buffalo before the 2008 season, where his play slipped in a system that didn’t particularly suit his talents.
Stroud ends his career 10th all-time in games played for the Jaguars and his 22 sacks with the franchise place him eighth on that list.