Thursday night’s game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans had little interest for playoff purposes. Both teams were bringing a 2-12 record into the game while fighting for the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft. For Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks, however, the game was a really big deal–especially for how it mattered to his wallet. [photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty]
Marks sacked Charlie Whitehurst in the final seconds of the game to give him 8½ sacks for the season. That activated a $600,000 bonus in his contract. Marks got up and did the old Johnny Manziel money sign to Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell in the press box. It’s not easy for a defensive tackle to get to eight sacks in a season, but that big sack brought a large Christmas bonus.
Marks said after the game that he was going to take any teammate who wanted to out on the town to celebrate his big bonus–and, yeah, the team’s third win of the season. It normally isn’t fun to celebrate while having a 3-12 season. For Marks, it was definitely worth it on this night.