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Agent says DT Henderson gets big-money deal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Defensive tackle John Henderson signed
a six-year contract extension with the Jacksonville Jaguars on
Tuesday, which locked up another cornerstone of one of their
defense.

Terms of the deal were not released, but Henderson's agent, Tim
McGee, said the new contract gave Henderson more guaranteed money
than any other NFL tackle.

"I'm happy," Henderson said. "I wanted to be here. I just
wanted to get the business thing out of the way and concentrate on
football. This is a big step for our team. We've been growing each
and every year. I just see good things and am glad I'm still
here."
Henderson is the fourth defensive starter, and third lineman, to
sign a long-term contract with the Jaguars since early last year.

End Reggie Hayward, cornerback Rashean Mathis and tackle
Marcus Stroud each signed five-year contracts that totaled $82 million,
including about $30 million guaranteed.

Henderson made his lone Pro Bowl in 2004, but coaches believe he
has been equally important to the team's success as Stroud, a
three-time Pro Bowler.

Henderson had three sacks and 70 tackles last season, the most
by any interior lineman in the AFC.

The 6-foot-7, 328-pound former Tennessee star and first-round
draft pick has started every game in four seasons and has 254
tackles and 18½ sacks.