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Jaguars pick up fifth-year option on QB Bortles contract

Roy Cummings



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Perhaps the biggest question being asked of the Jacksonville Jaguars new brass this offseason has finally been answered.

The Jags have picked up the fifth-year option on quarterback Blake Bortles contract, per Adam Schefter of ESPN:

That moved seemed inevitable after the Jags failed to add a quarterback in free agency or the draft but now it is all but official.

What still seems unclear, though, is just how committed the Jags are to Bortles. We all know that general manager Dave Caldwell is committed to him. Caldwell drafted Bortles third overall out of UCF in 2014 and reaffirmed that commitment over the weekend.

But Tom Coughlin, the Jags new executive vice president of football operations, has done nothing more than acknowledge Bortles’ presence on the Jaguars roster since he took over his new post and he refused to even talk about Bortles when asked this past weekend about him.

It seems Coughlin simply doesn’t want to endorse a player he’s still not sure of and that makes sense. No one has turned the ball over more since Bortles came to the league than Bortles, who has coughed it up 63 times overall, including throwing 51 interceptions.

We wrote yesterday that there is no excuse left for Bortles in terms of skill position weapons after this draft.

The Jags actions the last few hours, days and weeks suggest that they or someone in their midst, must see something better in Bortles than they see in all the other quarterbacks that have been available to them, because he’s the one they’ve decided to go with.

At least for now.


Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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