After being a second round pick for the Tennessee Titans in 2009, Sen’Derrick Marks was relatively disappointing in his four seasons. The defensive tackle was signed to a 1 year, $1.5 million deal to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars largely to fill a roster, but also giving him the opportunity to prove he could be worth a longer deal. 27 tackles, 4 sacks, 8 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles, and 3 recoveries later, the Jaguars have rewarded Marks with a 4 year,$22 million contract to keep him in the fold.
Marks joins a group of young players that general manager David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley are hoping to assemble to lead the Jaguars into a brighter future. In addition to their draft class with players like Jonathan Cyprien and Dwayne Gratz, the Jags are hoping that players like Marks, Cecil Shorts and Austin Pasztor can help them make the jump to competing at a high level more quickly.
Marks being able to play well is good, but the rest of the Jaguars defensive line looks like it might have more players warranting to play as depth in a rotation than front line starters. They need to keep adding talent there, but they have a building block in Marks.