Posluszny has been one of the leaders on the defensive side of the ball, though he hasn't necessarily been someone to scream or yell at his teammates. What he's trying to change, however, is being someone that anyone can turn to on or off the field.
"Just having more conversations, making sure I’m available to guys," Posluszny said. "Say, ‘Hey, you know you can ask me anything if there’s anything I can help you with.’ That’s the way I’d like to do it, more on a one-on-one basis, just so they know I’ll be there for them to help them with anything they need."
Posluszny was placed in injured reserve in October, after tearing his pectoral muscle, and he missed the rest of the season. Posluszny said he's back to 100 percent, per Jaguars.com, and he hopes to be cleared to begin the team's offseason program next week.
Posluszny is already running and lifting weights as normal.
"We are excited to get an extension done with Paul," Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said in a statement. "Paul is a true pro in every sense of the word. He is a valuable asset on and off the field and has done a great job mentoring our younger players while also performing well on the field."
It's possible the Jaguars and Posluszny agreed to this so that the organization could free up some cap space for the 2015 season. Prior to this agreement, Posluszny was set to carry a $9.5 million cap figure this year.
Posluszny tore his pectoral last season and only appeared in seven games. After spending his first four NFL seasons with the Bills, Posluszny signed with the Jaguars in 2011. He's entering his fourth season in Jacksonville.
Adding a year to his current contract would put Posluszny with the Jaguars through the 2018 season.
"I can’t say enough about Paul and what he means to our team," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. "He is highly respected by his teammates and our coaching staff. You don’t measure a guy like Paul with just his stats but the overall impact he has on our team."
FOX Sports was the first to report this story.
"That shouldn't be an issue for us," he said.
Posluszny posted six straight years of 100-plus tackles until making 69 in seven games this season.
Posluszny leads the Jaguars in tackles (69). He also has two sacks and one pass defense through seven games. Posluszny had recorded 100-plus tackles in his previous six seasons. J.T. Thomas will replace Posluszny at middle linebacker for Jacksonville.
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