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Sunday was good day to be Jaguars LB Telvin Smith

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Hopefully, your weekend went well. For a lot of NFL free agent signees they are pleased with the deals they got and are celebrating on Sunday.

Then, there are players like the Jaguars Telvin Smith.

Smith has been looking forward to Sunday March 18th, 2018 for a awhile, because today, he got $8 million.

Just for it being Sunday.

Per his fresh new contract extension that he signed in October that has the potential to pay him $45 million dollars, Smith had a bonus due to him on the fourth day of the new league year. And, the former Nole got that bonus today. It’s part of the $11.5 million that the Jags will pay him on his new deal for this upcoming season.

We have well documented the Jaguars turnaround season and success in the post season. And the former fifth round pick has been solid part of the Jacksonville defense that led the way.

He finished the 2017 regular season with 102 tackles, and had 3 INTs, including a pick six of Ben Roethlisberger in the Jaguars regular season win in the Steel City.

Then, in the post season Divisional Round rematch, Smith did it, again:

The Jaguars stunned the Steelers for a second time, and advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the third time ever. They fell just short of the Super Bowl the next week in New England, when the Pats rallied from 10 down to beat them 24-20.

However, Smith did his part with eight solo tackles that day in Foxboro. His 35 total in their three playoff games was the most in an NFL post season, since Navarro Bowman of the 49ers had 35+ in the 2013 playoffs.

There is a bevy of young talent on the Jaguars team for the future. It includes the likes of Jalen Ramsey, Dante Fowler, Myles Jack, Leonard Fournette, Marqise Lee and others.

And Telvin Smith is definitely part of that core of players that they are excited about in North Florida.

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