Jaguars are giving QB Blake Bortles a new three-year, $54 million deal, worth up to $66.5M with incentives, that includes $26.5M guaranteed, tying him to Jacksonville through the 2020 season, per source.
Bortles has been in Jacksonville since 2014, and he had a five-year rookie contract through 2018.
With the quarterback market seemingly increasing year after year in the National Football League, did Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles just re-set the market and stop some of the inflation?
"Blake's growth and development last season was a key to the success we had as a team", Jaguars executive vice-president of football operations Tom Coughlin said. The extension came together in less than a week. He finished the 2017 season with 3,687 yards passing for 21 touchdowns and a career-high in completions (60.2 percent) as well as career-low in interceptions (13).
Keeping the 25-year-old Bortles is an indication how the front office and coaching staff feel about their current roster: They want to keep as many pieces in place for another run at the Super Bowl.
Last season Bortles helped Jacksonville make it all the way to the AFC Championship game. It's been done and I'm excited. It's a dream come true to be able to sign a second contract by the team that drafted me. He also lost top target Allen Robinson on the opening series of the season opener. Which would have paid him so much that it would have made no sense to also draft a potential franchise quarterback? The fewer teams in need of a quarterback gives the Vikings a better chance of the team bringing back Keenum and/or Bridgewater, or going outside of the box and signing someone like Kirk Cousins.
For other quarterbacks, however, Bortles may have driven the price down a bit.
I was assuming going into this offseason that quarterbacks' starting points would be around the $20 million mark, and who knows? "He never lets the outside noise get him away from where his focus is, which is always on being a great teammate and being a great leader for our organization".
The 2017 season was one full of ups and downs for Bortles. "He's been through a lot and proved a lot last season".