Jaguars sign DT DaVon Hamilton to big contract extension before draft

DaVon Hamilton of the Jacksonville Jaguars in action during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field on January 07, 2023 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Courtney Culbreath/Getty Images) (Courtney Culbreath, 2023 Courtney Culbreath)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars are keeping one of their stars on the defensive line in town, agreeing to a contract extension with defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton.

Hamilton’s deal is a three-year extension worth $34.5 million, according to the NFL Network. Of that number, $23 million is fully guaranteed. Hamilton was a third-round draft pick in 2020 out of Ohio State. He’s coming off a career year in Jacksonville, recording 56 tackles, 2.5 sacks while forcing and recovering a fumble.

“DaVon is an integral part of our team,” said general manager Trent Baalke. “Retaining our homegrown players is a key component to our organizational philosophy. He is coming off his best season since being drafted in 2020 and we are confident that his best football lies ahead. He is a great representative of the Jaguars both on and off the field and we are excited for his future in Jacksonville.”

Hamilton’s extension makes it less likely the Jaguars focus on a defensive tackle in the first round of the NFL draft. The team extended Roy Robertson-Harris this offseason and also has Folorunso Fatukasi plugged in as starters in the base 3-4 defensive package.

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