And now, things just got complicated for the Jaguars.
A breaking item Adam Schefter of ESPN overnight says QB Blake Bortles has undergone wrist surgery and it will now complicate the off season and the fifth year option of his rookie contract:
ICYMI: Jaguars’ QB Blake Bortles underwent wrist surgery Friday for lingering issue, per sources.https://t.co/okyultrFzt
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 30, 2018
Several important points have now arisen. One, Bortles was on the injury report throughout the year and he post season with the wrist injury (Schefter said he first hurt it in December of 2016).
Two, the fact that he had surgery for the injury means that the fifth year option on Bortles’ contract for 2018, which is worth around $19 million, is now guaranteed for the injury, if Bortles cannot pass a physical coming up.
We discussed that risk earlier and the new V.P. of Football, Tom Coughlin, was apparently ready and willing to take on that risk through the whole process and signed off on this scenario last off season.
It’s our understanding from the CBA and for salary cap purposes that Bortles’ $19 million will also count completely on the 2018 cap, as well, even if he’s not on the roster this fall.
Further, Bortles actually played well for a good portion of the playoff win at Pittsburgh and, then, the narrow loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game. And as our Olivia Stacey wrote, that’s now an on field dilemma for the team about the future of the quarterback position, too.
The NFLPA is also watching this situation on Bortles’ behalf, too. So, it’s almost a certainty that his money will guarantee when the league year begins in about six weeks.
Do the Jags end up signing a veteran in free agency, besides possibly resigning their own backup Chad Henne, who’s contract is now up?
Would the Jags, then also look to take a QB in the upcoming draft, as they are now picking 30th after their playoff finish?
All still to be determined on who gets brought in to compete.
Still, the saga of the QB drafted third overall, who was benched after the second preseason game last year, who held it together and lead the team to AFC South Division Title and two playoff wins, and now has had to have surgery on his throwing wrist is continuing.
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