Jaguars sign Blake Bortles to controversial three-year contract extension

Posted February 26, 2018

The biggest pending story-line of the offseason for the Jacksonville Jaguars has been resolved on Saturday night.

When you consider the incredible amount of guaranteed money quarterbacks are reeling in on new deals (look at the Jimmy Garoppolo deal as an example), Jacksonville signing Bortles to this extension was a stroke of genius.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the $54 million deal is through 2020, and it's worth up to $66.5 million in incentives and $26.5 million is guaranteed. There was some speculation that the Jaguars might seek a quarterback change even after reaching the AFC championship game in the 2017 season.

Blake Bortles hasn't been the best National Football League quarterback in his four years in the NFL. 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.

The Jaguars were arguably a premature whistle from making the Super Bowl so it's not entirely surprising to see them sticking with the quarterback who led them to the brink. But for now, Blake Bortles appears to be their man.

I also thought Bortles would be better off resuming his career on another team.

Bortles had a rough start to the 2017 season - he had a five-interception practice in training camp and coach Doug Marrone opened up the quarterback competition during the preseason - but he rebounded and put together the best year of his career. Signing a second deal with the team that drafted me was my goal from the beginning. That was to have paid him $19,053,000 for next season. Bortles completed 60.2 percent of his passes (the first time he surpassed the 60 percent mark) for 3,687 yards and 21 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.

"I've had the pleasure of seeing Blake mature and progress for the past four years, and the one thing that I admire the most about him is his attitude", veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis said.