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Jaguars make Linder highest-paid center in NFL history

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We’re still not completely sure where Jaguars offensive linemen Brandon Linder will play this year, center or left guard. Whichever it is, though, he’s going to make a lot of money doing it.

The Jaguars announced Tuesday they have signed Linder to a five-year contract extension that includes $24 million in guaranteed payouts and is worth a total of $51.7 million.

The deal would make Linder the highest paid center in NFL history, but there’s no guarantee Linder will be at center as coach Doug Marrone has been toying with the idea of playing him at left guard.

One thing’s for sure: it seems that Linder has found a home in Jacksonville because after signing the deal, he made it clear he has no desire to leave.

“It means the world to me,’’ Linder said of signing the extension in a statement released by the team. “I’d love to play here my whole career. I fell in love with this city and we have big things coming, changing the culture, and now we start (Wednesday) for training camp. I couldn’t think of a better place to play my career.’’

A third-round pick of the Jaguars in 2014, Linder moved to center in 2016 and he was one of the higher rated players at the position, according to Pro Football Focus, which ranked him fifth at that spot last year.

Jags coach Doug Marrone has spoken several times, though, of possibly moving Linder back to left guard if he can’t find a suitable candidate to fill what has easily been one of the Jags weakest positions.

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