On Tuesday afternoon, the Jacksonville Jaguars made UM alum Brandon Linder the highest paid Center in NFL history.
A 3rd year pro, Linder, who attended Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas before enrolling at the University of Miami, has been a good player since he was drafted by the Jags in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
That’s not to say that Linder’s career has been perfect. He played as a rotation player at guard as a rookie in 2014, missed the 2015 season with injury, and finally moved to center in 2016. The work he did at Center in 2016 was enough to catch the attention of the Jaguars front office, and led to the recently-announced record-breaking extension.
For those who may not have seen Linder play in the NFL (because, honestly, who watches the Jaguars?), here are a couple tweets to show what that led to Linder getting a huge, massive contract extension:
Top-graded centers in the NFL pic.twitter.com/alcLABBvNT— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 19, 2017
Brandon Linder is emerging as one of the best centers in the game. pic.twitter.com/hf7oUBBXsp— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 5, 2017
Obviously enamored with former UM players, Linder is the latest former Cane to get a massive payday from the Jaguars. The team inked WR Allen Hurns to a 4 year, $40.5M with $20M guaranteed in June 2016. The team followed that up by giving veteran free agent DL Calais Campbell a 4 year, $60M contract with $30M guaranteed in January 2017. So, between the 3 Canes listed, the Jaguars have committed more than $150M in contracts in the last 15 months. That’s a lot of money, you guys.
So, if you know Hurns or Campbell or Linder, make them pay for dinner next time y’all go out to eat. I guarantee they got the money for it.
Congrats Brandon (and Allen and Calais). Keep grinding.