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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 5:28 p.m., Tuesday, December 26, 2006

'Productive' Vince Manuwai signed by Jaguars

Advertiser Staff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla - Calling him a "productive player since we drafted him," the Jacksonville Jaguars signed former University of Hawai'i and Farrington High lineman Vince Manuwai to a contract extension Tuesday.

Terms were not disclosed.

Manuwai, a third-round draft pick in 2003, has started all 15 games this season, helping the Jaguars rank second in the NFL in rushing. They already have set the franchise record with 2,428 rushing yards and have 20 rushing touchdowns.

The offensive line has allowed only 27 sacks through 15 games. The team record of 28 was set in 2003, Manuwai's rookie season.

"Vince has been a productive player since we drafted him here," Jaguars vice president of player personnel James "Shack" Harris said. "He is a strong and physical player who has helped us become the second-leading rushing team in the league. This signing helps to keep some continuity on our offensive line."

Manuwai has started 61 of 62 games since being selected by the Jaguars.

The 6-foot-2, 325-pounder could have become an unrestricted free agent next year.

Chris Naeole, a Kahuku alum, is the Jaguars' other starting guard.