Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack has no plans to follow the recent tactics of teammates/fellow 2016 draft picks Yannick Ngakoue and Jalen Ramsey in pursuit of a long-term contract.
Instead of skipping the team’s mandatory minicamp like Ngakoue or recording an Instagram live video to say no discounts will be offered in future negotiations like Ramsey, Jack plans to let his play alone prove his worth.
Jack, a second-round pick out of UCLA, is in the final season of a four-year, $6.3 million rookie contract that will pay him $1.3 million in 2019.
“Obviously in my position, Telvin (Smith) is gone, so that’s 120 tackles unaccounted for, and I want at least 50 of those so I can get 150 tackles to create some leverage for myself,” Jack said. “My job is to play Mike (linebacker). I have to know way too much to miss this. I’ve got to run the defense.
“When my time comes up, that’s when it’s going to come up. But right now, I’m just focused on going out there winning games, getting numbers and then by the end of the season that all will take care of itself.”
In his first season as the Jaguars’ starting middle linebacker in 2018, Jack played all of the team’s 1,024 defensive snaps and was second on the team (behind Smith) with 107 tackles. Without Smith, Jack will be an even bigger piece of the defense — possibly playing between rookie weak-side linebacker Quincy Williams and second-year strong-side linebacker Leon Jacobs on base downs.