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Jaguars end speculation-sign Blake Bortles to extension

Jamil King

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Despite what some thought, including many of their fans, the Jacksonville Jaguars stuck with QB Blake Bortles in 2017, and it paid off. And now, they will literally pay off Bortles to stay in Jacksonville for years to come.

Word has broken Saturday night that Bortles has agreed to a three-year, $54 million contract extension.

As Schefter is reporting, Bortles can make a maximum of $66.5 million with all incentives, but the key is the guaranteed money. The deal will kick in after the fifth year option that the Jaguars already picked up for 2018 and the key is that only $26.5 million is guaranteed. And, that money is nothing substantial spread over three years up until 2020.

Jacksonville confirmed the move later on Saturday evening:

The Jags rewarding Bortles for helping get the team to the conference title game signifies a few things:

They like the direction the offense is going with him under center. With the work of Nate Hackett as offensive coordinator and Scott Milanovich, the new quarterback’s coach, Bortles was effective last season. We also saw the reemergence of the run game with rookie Leonard Fournette, which led to an outstanding play-action game that was seen in the playoffs.

This show of faith also could give Bortles another boost to help him get over the hump and possibly reach the next level of quarterbacks.

This deal also allows the Jags to see if he can take the next step. If his play this year is the floor and that means reaching the conference title game yearly, then that’s what they get.

Blake could also turn into a top 10 quarterback in this time.

Regardless, it allows the Jags to evaluate and see if they need address the QB situation again, in a few seasons.

For Bortles, if he can shine in this deal, that sets him up for another possible lucrative deal in the next 2-3 years.

The Jags have been loud so far this off-season. The question is: who is next?

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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