Why did the Jaguars choose to extend Blake Bortles through 2020?

Hope Soto
February 26, 2018

This has been a highly anticipated class, and nearly every name that was expected as a possibility (from franchise tag candidate Kirk Cousins to redshirt sophomore Sam Darnold) is available in one offseason. But Bortles will get more than $26 million guaranteed at signing, $7 million more than he would have gotten if the Jaguars had chose to let him enter his option year.

Bortles has a 21-40 regular-season record as a starter with almost half the victories occurring in 2017 as the Jaguars went 10-6 and won the AFC South. The extension came together in less than a week.

Bortles has been in Jacksonville since 2014, and he had a five-year rookie contract through 2018.

Don't expect the Jaguars to move on from Bortles unless they can guarantee an upgrade at quarterback. Today, and every other day for the next three years, expect Blake Bortles to be the point man for the Jags' offense.

"Signing this second deal with the team that drafted me was my goal from the beginning". Which would have paid him so much that it would have made no sense to also draft a potential franchise quarterback? The deal also includes about $26.5 million in guaranteed money.

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It comes after a bounce-back year for the quarterback who posted a completion percentage above 60 for the first time in his career in 2017 and threw 21 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.

"I have said it all along - I think Blake is one of the toughest people I have ever met, and I'm talking about his mental and physical toughness".

Extending Bortles should give the team more cap space heading into free agency.

"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. Despite that, Bortles is younger than Keenum and has been productive more than just one season in the National Football League, despite his inconsistencies.

Blake Bortles might have legitimately turned the corner a year ago.

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