Jacksonville Jaguars sign QB Blake Bortles on three-year deal worth $54m

Jacksonville Jaguars sign QB Blake Bortles on three-year deal worth $54m

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the specific financials of the deal, which guarantees Bortles $26.5 million.

He also has a stout defense and two wise souls in Tom Coughlin, executive vice president of football operations, and Coach Doug Marrone.

The Jaguars, led by Bortles, went 10-6 and won the AFC South last season. And chances are the Jaguars would have defeated the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game if offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett had not gone into a conservative cocoon with a second half lead against the Patriots.

Bortles showed signs of progress in his fourth year despite playing 19 games with a wrist injury that required surgery last month. "Along with this contract come high expectations that he will continue to improve and help our team accomplish its ultimate goal". Still, the market for QBs is huge, and the Jaguars don't completely handicap their salary cap situation by going after a guy like Kirk Cousins who may demand nearly double the amount that Bortles is getting. He signed a four-year, $20.6 million rookie contract out of college.

Now the Jags are fully engaged to Bortles, at least for the time being. Bortles is elated the team decided not to pursue other options.

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Jacksonville should try to sign a veteran or two in free agency, and then turn to the draft as well to reinforce the inside of the line.

Bortles was much more effective in the new offense.

The ever important guaranteed money is set at $26.5 million. "He never lets the outside noise get him away from where his focus is, which is always on being a great teammate and being a great leader for our organization". Entering the 2017 season, Bortles had as many victories (11) as interceptions returned for touchdowns.

These pieces in place should allow for Bortles to build off last season and make the next leap in his development. "He's the type of guy we want in our locker room and I look forward to having him back for many more years". The team could make a splash on a guy like Trey Burton, who is quickly rising after his Super Bowl win with the Eagles, or go after another intriguing prospect like Cameron Brate.