There is going to be plenty of turn over on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster this offseason, but one of the most familiar faces in franchise history will be back in 2013.
On Tuesday, the Jaguars announced that they had reached an agreement with center Brad Meester on a one-year deal that will likely see him end his career with the only professional team he has ever played for. At age 36, Meester was contemplating retiring this offseason, but ultimately decided to return for his 14th season in the league.
Meester was a second-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft and has played in 193 games, which is a Jaguars franchise record.
While Meester’s level of play has certainly diminished in recent years as he has aged, the Jaguars clearly still have confidence in his ability as the captain of the offensive line who handles the calling of all the protection schemes. The re-signing of Meester is also a likely sign that the new Jaguars front office will wait to address their need at the center position until next offseason when their needs are hopefully more defined.
While bringing Meester back into the fold should solidify the center position, the Jaguars still have some glaring holes along their offensive line that need to be fixed before the season starts. The Jaguars are set at left tackle with Eugene Monroe and right guard with Uche Nwaneri, but they have to find solutions at right tackle and left guard. The Jaguars offensive line was one of the worst in the league last season allowing 50 sacks, a problem that needs to be fixed if they are going to get better production from the quarterback position.