Reasons for Spicer Contract

Paul Spicer (Getty Images)

Jaguars defensive end Paul Spicer attended the voluntary OTA practice this week despite his unhappiness with his current deal. Spicer, through his agent Drew Rosenhaus, has also vowed not to miss any of the mandatory practices. JagNation counts down the reasons why Spicer should receive a new deal from the Jaguars.

5. Cap room is there- The Jaguars have ample cap room to extend one of the hardest working players on the team. They wouldn't have to break the bank to keep Spicer happy.

4. Loyalty- Paul Spicer has been a loyal member of the Jaguars since 2000, and he has set a great example for the younger players on the roster. Spicer has never missed a mandatory mini-camp or practice.

3. A good example- Giving Paul Spicer a retirement type of contract, somewhat similar to the deal Fred Taylor received (for less money obviously), to end his career in Jacksonville sets a great example to other players on the roster and around the league. It would show that the management in Jacksonville cares about their players and it would make Jacksonville a better free agent destination.

2. Reggie Hayward- Hayward received an eight-figure signing bonus when the Jaguars signed him as a free agent prior to the 2005 season, and Hayward has made considerably more money than Spicer while producing considerably less.

1. Defensive MVP- Paul Spicer was the Jaguars defensive MVP last season, and without him they may not have made the playoffs. Although Spicer will be 33 before the start of the 2008 season, he is coming off a career year and there is no injury concern or sign that he can't replicate his 2007 campaign.


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, MySpace Sports and Sportsillustrated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.



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