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Much like Terrell Thomas, Rashean Mathis was injured in 2011, however, it did not happen until mid-season.
Still, Mathis missed the final seven games for the Jaguars and it was uncertain if the underrated corner was going to return to Jacksonville.
Well, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network last week, Mathis is back:
The Jaguars and CB Rashean Mathis have agreed on a one-year, $5 million contract, league sources said Wednesday.
Yes, it may be old news despite happening just last week, but nonetheless, important news for Jacksonville fans. Last season the Jags were ranked No. 8 against the pass, No. 9 against the run and No. 6 in total defense.
Heading into 2012, the Jaguars and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker needed to retain Mathis for experience, leadership and depth purposes.
After recording 34 tackles and one pick through nine games, it's clear that despite his age (31, but will be 32 before 2012 begins), Mathis proved to get the job done.
With a top-10 draft selection and positioned well in regards to salary cap space, Jacksonville has the opportunity to really make some noise in 2012.
For Mathis's sake, let's hope he can return to his 2006 form (All Pro that year).