***Jaguars Press Release**
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed fifth-year defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks to a four-year contract extension, the club announced today. Marks joined the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent from Tennessee in 2013 and has produced career-high numbers in his first season with the club.
Marks has started a career-high 15 games in 2013 and registered a career-best four sacks, eight passes defensed, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He leads the team in fumble recoveries, ranks second in quarterback pressures with nine and ranks third in sacks.
“The reason I chose to sign here last year was what the staff told me about the guys in the building, how the staff was and the scheme I was going to be in,” Marks said. “It worked out great for me. I’m excited to be here in the future and be a part of where this team is headed. Hopefully everybody can see that we are building something here. I saw that first-hand this season and I’m looking forward to the future. My focus right now is on Sunday and finishing out this season.”
“We are excited to have Sen’Derrick as part of our organization for years to come,” Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said. “Both sides wanted to get a deal done and Sen’Derrick made it known this is where he wanted to be. As we said from the beginning, we want to take care of our own players who fit into the culture we have established and are productive on the field. Sen’Derrick was a key member of our defense and his leadership on and off the field has been invaluable for our young players.”
“I give a lot of credit to Shad Khan and David Caldwell for allowing this to happen,” Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said. “It’s all about the direction we’re heading as a team, and the direction we want to go is to get key people like Sen’Derrick. He’s done a great of competing from day one and has served as a mentor for our younger players in the meeting room and on the field. We knew Sen’Derrick really wanted to be here so we’re happy to get it accomplished at this time.”
Marks, 6-2, 294, entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick with the Tennessee Titans in 2009 and spent four seasons (2009-12) with the club. He has played in 66 career games with 41 starts and totaled 208 tackles (112 solo), seven sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 16 passes defensed.