A report on Thursday morning had the Jaguars and quarterback Chad Henne closing in on a deal that would keep Henne in Jacksonville and off the open market.
They were apparently very close to agreement. The Jaguars announced Thursday that Henne will remain with the team.
The team didn’t announce any terms of the deal, but both NFL Media and the Florida Times-Union report that it is a two-year, $8 million pact with additional money available through incentives. That’s pretty much the same deal that Henne played under during his first two years in Jacksonville.
The salary might raise some eyebrows, but the Jaguars have plenty of cap room this offseason and obviously wanted to hold onto an experienced quarterback who knows their system to serve as a backup for Blake Bortles. Henne’s experience wasn’t put to use during the regular season in 2015 and the Jaguars would probably be just fine if things play out that way again in 2016.