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Show him the money

Jags make Searcy highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL

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Posted: Friday February 18, 2000 07:24 PM

  Leon Searcy Jacksonville's Leon Searcy started in all 16 regular-season games and two playoff games last season. Andy Lyons/Allsport

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Leon Searcy has agreed to a five-year contract extension reportedly worth $50 million.

The team, which doesn't discuss the length or terms of contracts, said the deal was done to free up room under the salary cap.

"Leon has always been extremely good to the team in helping us maximize our salary cap for free agency," said Coach Tom Coughlin. "With this room, Leon has helped to create we are able to be more active in the current free agency process."

The Florida Times-Union, quoting unnamed sources, said Searcy's deal means the Jaguars have the highest-paid tackle tandem in the league.

All-Pro left tackle Tony Boselli signed a new deal last summer that carried a four-year-extension worth $26 million, making the package worth $32.4 million over six years, an average of $5.4 million per season.

Searcy had two years left on his original deal he signed with the Jaguars in 1996. He was to make $2.5 million this year, with a cap figure of $3.8 million. His cap figure now will be $2.5 million.

Searcy is coming off his best season and was named to his first Pro Bowl. He started in all 16 regular-season games and two playoff games.

Searcy came to the Jaguars as unrestricted free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1996. He started at right tackle each of the last four seasons, missing just one game.

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