On May 15, the Jacksonville Jaguars increased defensive tackle Rob Meier’s compensation for the final year of his contract. Meier, who comes from the country located north of the United States, is nicknamed the Canadian Assassin.

The Jaguars, who gave Meier a four-year extension, will reportedly pay him more than the $2.095 million that’s due on this year’s contract. Details of the contract were not disclosed.

With the loss of DT Marcus Stroud to the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville expects more from the Meier. The 29 year-old Stroud, who was drafted 13th overall in 2001 by the Jags, is a three time Pro Bowler and All-Pro.

Stroud was suspended for four weeks in 2007 when he tested positive for a banned supplement. On March 1, 2008, he was traded to the Bills for Buffalo’s third- and fifth-round 2008 draft picks.

In 2000, the Jags drafted Meier. In his first eight seasons, he has played every position on the defensive line and missed only five games. For most of his career, Meier, who has 19.5 sacks and 262 tackles as a NFL player, has backed up Stroud and John Henderson.

Now the Canadian Assassin is being asked to step up and play next to Henderson a two time Pro Bowler who in 2006 signed a contract extension worth $34 million.

The Jags have seen Meier improve each season. Last year he started nine games, notching 37 tackles and four sacks.

Paul mroczka
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