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Did Bortles’ performance cost his long term future earnings?

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Kris Klement)

The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Buffalo Bills on Sunday 10-3 for their first playoff win in a decade. It was a great win for the franchise and just shows you how they have turned this team around in short order. With that said the win if anything still left uncertainty at the quarterback position. Blake Bortles didn’t look his best in the win and that could end up costing his potential long term future earnings.

Bortles went 12/23 87 yards and a TD. He also rushed for 88 yards on 10 carries. On the ground Bortles was the Jags leading rusher and it marked the third highest rushing performance by a QB in a playoff game. A lot of those runs were important in getting first downs and extending drives, his passing a whole other story. Bortles was out of rhythm pretty much the whole game. Luckily he didn’t make any game changing mistakes, but he certainly didn’t make any game winning plays either.

Now the Jaguars have a 2018 option on Bortles which means if they retain him, Bortles will get around $19 million. However they could let him go and not pick up the option and Bortles can check out the open market. Sunday’s performance doesn’t help his cause by any stretch. His performance against the Bills could possibly cost Bortles quite a bit in future earnings.

Obviously Bortles can change this whole narrative if he lights it up against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road. However the Jags can still win because of their defense and Bortles can still have a pedestrian game. Against the Steelers far less likely, but it’s still a possibility.

If Bortles wants to cash in on the success the Jaguars have been having, he’s going to need to step his passing production up. We are going to need to see more of that later season three game stretch he had where he looked elite and not see his Bills performance. The window for Bortles is very small. We have seen a lot of inconsistency in his game to warrant a long term franchise QB type contract. He does have a huge stage in Pittsburgh coming up, which could either erase the current perception or confirm it.

We do know the Jags can win a playoff game with Blake Bortles as the QB. Next we need to see them win a meaningful game because of Bortles.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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