Blake Bortles, Jaguars Reportedly Agree to 3-Year, $54M Contract Extension

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles

One of the biggest offseason questions now has an answer. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Bortles' deal is worth up to $66.5 million in incentives but contains only $26.5 million guaranteed, which would allow Jacksonville to cut the 25-year-old without significant consequences if his play takes a turn for the worse.

The Jaguars won the AFC South for the first time in team history and made the play-offs for the first time in a decade. However, his future was uncertain beyond that since it represented the fifth and final year on his rookie contract.

"We've always trusted Blake and we're excited that he'll lead our offense for years to come", Jaguars center Brandon Linder said. This move could also mean putting the franchise tag on Allen Robinson, to retain the receiver in Jacksonville, who is a pivotal keep for the team this free agency.

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Perhaps the Jacksonville Jaguars are still weighing their options at quarterback. It's a dream come true to be able to sign a second contract by the team that drafted me.

I think you have to look at guys like Case Keenum, A.J. McCarron, and Tyrod Taylor if he becomes available as a free agent.

"Blake's growth and development last season was a key to the success we had as a team", Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin said in the release.

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Even if Bortles isn't the 17th best quarterback in the National Football League, his new contract extension seems like a very rare one in terms of the fact that it seems like a really fair deal for Bortles and was slightly below market value and the inflation of the quarterback market.

But in six regular-season games, Bortles threw for 160 or fewer yards and had 87 passing yards in Jacksonville's 10-3 playoff victory over the Buffalo Bills. But rather than reel in a truckload of money, the young quarterback is going to be a roaring bargain for his team, which now has more cap flexibility going forward as a result.

For other quarterbacks, however, Bortles may have driven the price down a bit.

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Blake Bortles might have legitimately turned the corner previous year.

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