Chad Henne Re-Signs with Jaguars: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2016

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) throws before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans,  Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars and backup quarterback Chad Henne reportedly reached an agreement Thursday on a two-year, $8 million contract extension.

Rand Getlin of the NFL Network first reported the news and noted the new deal also includes incentives. Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union confirmed the re-signing.

Henne didn't see the field at all during the 2015 campaign. Second-year starter Blake Bortles played all 16 games for Jacksonville and showcased a lot of improvement, increasing his passer rating from 69.5 as a rookie to 88.2 in his second season.

The 30-year-old veteran backup did make 28 appearances, including 22 starts, over the previous three seasons. His numbers in those games were right in line with his merely average performance across four years with the Miami Dolphins, as he tallied 27 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.

Henne previously stated he planned to see what types of other opportunities were available along with what the Jags were willing to offer, per O'Halloran.

"I'd love to be here, but at the same time, we're going to see what's out there," Henne said. "I don't think we'll be too quick. But if they offer the right thing, then probably [he'll re-sign]."

He seemingly found it hard to pass up $4 million per year as a reserve. By comparison, Buffalo Bills starter Tyrod Taylor hit the open market last offseason seeking an opportunity to start, and the contract he received is only slated to pay him a little over $3 million in 2016, per Spotrac.  

The new deal matches the base salary of the contract he received when he re-signed in 2014.

Although Henne's numbers are nothing special, he's an experienced veteran who's used to playing in the Jaguars system. So it made sense for the team to keep him as the chief backup to Bortles at the same pay rate rather than trying to find another No. 2 option somewhere else.

Henne is capable of filling a short-term void for Jacksonville if Bortles goes down with injury. It helps that the team has a talented receiver tandem in Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns as well as a reliable tight end in Julius Thomas to help him succeed.

That said, any type of long-term setback for Bortles would likely represent a substantial drop-off for the Jags offense based on Henne's track record of mediocre play.