If the Jaguars decided not to sign Bortles to this deal, he was still under contract on a fifth-year option with the team through next season.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Blake Bortles might not be the long-term answer in Jacksonville.
The deal could be worth up to $66.5 million thanks to various incentives and includes $26.5 million guaranteed.More news: Late Kane header gives Tottenham victory at Palace
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"Blake's growth and development last season was a key to the success we had as a team", said Tom Coughlin, Jacksonville's executive vice president, in a team release.
"By the end of [the season], it was kind of, they didn't want to do really any more cortisone shots, so it was a 'Let's make it through the season and get it fixed and get it right after the year, '" Bortles said. With the market for quarterbacks finally approaching $30 million, the Jaguars got Bortles for only $3 million per year more than the Bears paid to glorified placeholder Mike Glennon a year ago.
After a season in which the Jaguars made it to the AFC Championship Game, Jacksonville had to make a decision as to whether the team would continue with Bortles going forward, or go with someone else. "I think signing the second deal with the team that drafted you was my goal from the beginning". It's been done and I'm excited. But they aren't committed to him beyond the next few seasons. Allen Robinson suffered a torn left ACL on the third play of the season, and veterans Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee combined to miss eight games.
For other quarterbacks, however, Bortles may have driven the price down a bit. The Jags entered the day with about $20 million to spend in 2018. Despite that, Bortles is younger than Keenum and has been productive more than just one season in the National Football League, despite his inconsistencies. He turned the ball over a career-low 16 times last season after averaging 21 in each of his first three seasons.