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Trevor was joined by his wife Marissa as he signed a mega extension with the Jaguars (Jaguars photo).
Trevor was joined by his wife Marissa as he signed a mega extension with the Jaguars (Jaguars photo).

Trevor Lawrence talks mega deal with Jaguars


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Trevor Lawrence got paid and secured his future in Jacksonville recently.

The former No. 1 overall draft pick made his first public comments on Thursday since the five-year $275 million extension was struck with the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.

"Obviously, financially, it's amazing and really sets us up for the future and for the rest of our lives. That's a huge blessing," Lawrence said during a Thursday news conference. "Obviously, that's a big deal. But I think even more than that is the stability of being here for the long term, however many years it ends up being. I guess it could be seven, could be … However many it ends up being, still that's a long time. To be able to say we're gonna be here and have confidence and know that, that means a lot to us. We love it here. It's become home. …

"The way the organization's going and the direction that we're heading on the football side, that makes it obviously a no-brainer for us. We're headed in the right direction, and I want to be the quarterback here. I want to bring a championship to Jacksonville. That's my goal. I really know that we can accomplish that."

Of that $275 million, $200 million is said to be guaranteed, and $142 million will now be rendered to Lawrence upon signing the extension.

Lawrence says the deal should work both in his and the franchise's favor.

"There's always a balancing act of however many years you do, sometimes that can put the team in a better position, which is great. That was our goal, which I'm glad I felt we were able to accomplish," Lawrence said. "Obviously, there was a certain amount as a player you want to make and you want to be in the market value and all those things, but you also want to keep the team in a good position to where we can pay other guys and have other players around me and do all those things from a salary cap perspective.

"I don't know how all that works, but I just felt like my agent and Trent (Baalke) and the whole front office did a good job of kind of maneuvering all those things where it felt like we all won in the end and it put us in a position to where we can still have a lot of talent here and we can bring guys in or we can keep the guys that we have. That was something that was important to me because it wasn't worth it to me to sacrifice being able to have a good team just so I could make some money...I think this is definitely the best team that we've had here in my eyes, just at this point in the year from what I've seen. I feel very confident in that."

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