Dec 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts (84) catches the game winning pass in the end zone while being defended by Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) in the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Jacksonville Jaguars to wait on Cecil Shorts contract extension?

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts will be entering the final year of his rookie contract this coming season and is likely due for a contract extension. It’s an extension the Jaguars could opt to give Shorts this offseason, but it appears the team will take a wait and see approach with the young receiver, this according to ESPN.

Shorts, who dealt with a rash of injuries this past season which sent him to the injured reserve – including a sports hernia and shoulder injury – will likely need to wait until the middle of the coming season to get an extension, this assuming he produces enough for the Jags.

Shorts, 26, whom the Jaguars drafted in the fourth round in 2011 out of Mount Union College, has a chance to be better than them all, provided he proves he can stay healthy. That is not something we’ll know until late in 2014, which is why the Jaguars should take a wait-and-see approach before thinking about a contract extension.

What Shorts has done for the Jags (when healthy) is pretty impressive considering who was throwing him the ball and the coverage sets he dealt with, so it would be pretty shocking not to see the Jags extending an offer to him at some point.

Tags: Cecil Shorts Jacksonville Jaguars