Bortles' deal in Jaguars indirectly benefits Vikings

Adjust Comment Print

When you consider the incredible amount of guaranteed money quarterbacks are reeling in on new deals (look at the Jimmy Garoppolo deal as an example), Jacksonville signing Bortles to this extension was a stroke of genius.

If the Jaguars decided not to sign Bortles to this deal, he was still under contract on a fifth-year option with the team through next season.

The Jacksonville Jaguars stunned a lot of people when the news broke that they extended the contract of quarterback Blake Bortles.

"Blake's growth and development last season was a key to the success we had as a team", said Tom Coughlin, the Jaguars' executive vice president of football operations.

Bortles is coming off a season in which he threw for 3,627 yards, 27 touchdowns and he had a career-low 13 interceptions.

A year ago, it was unclear if Bortles would even by the Jags' starting quarterback again.

According to ESPN, the deal is for three years and $54 million. "Thrilled to be able to stay here and playing Jacksonville and fired up to continue to work with the guys that are here".

"Signing this second deal with the team that drafted me was my goal from the beginning". That was to have paid him $19,053,000 for next season. Allen Robinson suffered a torn left ACL on the third play of the season, and veterans Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee combined to miss eight games. Bortles is elated the team decided not to pursue other options.

Bortles has a 21-40 regular-season record as a starter with almost half the victories occurring in 2017 as the Jaguars went 10-6 and won the AFC South. "Blake has proven, with toughness and dependability, that he can be the leader this team needs going forward". Now, he'll make $20 million guaranteed in 2018.

The 2017 season was one full of ups and downs for Bortles.

Blake Bortles might have legitimately turned the corner past year. "He is an ultimate competitor and will do whatever he can to help the team win".