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Del Rio signs new deal with Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2006) -- Coach Jack Del Rio signed a new deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars that will keep him with the team for three more seasons.

Del Rio had two years remaining on a five-year contract. But after making the playoffs in his third season, owner Wayne Weaver gave Del Rio a new three-year deal.

"Jack and his staff have made steady progress with this team, and our 12-4 record and return to the playoffs last season should be rewarded," Weaver said in a statement. "I told Jack that if he outperformed his contract, we would work out a new deal, and both of those things have now happened. We are on the right track and we want to continue on that path, and Jack Del Rio is the coach to lead this team."

The Jaguars were 5-11 in 2003, 9-7 in 2004 and then returned to the postseason last year for the first time since 1999.

"I appreciate Wayne's support," Del Rio said. "We want to continue to build this football team, and I look forward to continuing in our quest to bring a championship to Jacksonville."

The Associated Press News Service

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