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Once again, Jaguars make right move with Bortles contract

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Mark J. Rebilas)

It’s amazing what a year and some change means for an organization which spent the better part of a full decade in the doldrums of the NFL. The Jaguars before their major shake-up had seemingly been one of the most dysfunctional franchises on this side of the Cleveland Browns. Then they hired Tom Coughlin to run the front office, and all of a sudden, the landscape of the organization changed.

On Saturday, the Jaguars signed QB Blake Bortles to a contract extension, once again showing that they know exactly what they are doing.

The Jaguars by far won the offseason last year and so far they are off to yet another fantastic start. This Bortles deal is the best possible scenario they could ask for. We don’t have to get into the nitty gritty of NFL contracts, the only thing you need to focus on is guaranteed money. For the Jags they didn’t have to shell out a heck of a lot more than what was already allocated to Bortles this season.

As much criticism Bortles faced throughout the year, the Jaguars still made it within a few plays of the Super Bowl. This without having a really solid receiving corps. It looks like the Jags realized this and looked at what else is available and felt this was by far the best decision possible.

Now the Jaguars were one of the teams rumored to be a potential landing spot for Kirk Cousins. However, if they were to bring him on board, his price tag would be astronomical. Also Nick Foles may be on the trading block, but it’s doubtful the Jags are willing to give up valuable draft picks for a QB.

This was the safest possible move for the Jags and shows the savvy of Coughlin and company. Not only do they solidfy the QB position for the next several years, they aren’t getting killed in the pocket book which gives them flexibility the next several years. They also get to keep all their assets in the draft and that’s how you build a sustaining winning team.

The model the Jaguars are using at the moment is a good one to is going to build a sustained winner. Their core on the defense is  going to be in place for a few more years. They have a stud RB in Leonard Fournette. Offensive line had a solid year as well.

When the QB market is thin free agent wise making any rash moves is a bad idea. The draft certainly is a crap shoot and unless one of the top 3 QB’s drops down to when the Jags pick, they probably aren’t going in that direction.

That said, regardless of what the Jaguars do next, expect this guy right here to give a stamp of approval.

The track record so far has been impeccable.

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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