Jaguars finalizing 3-year contract extension with Blake Bortles

Jaguars signing Blake Bortles to 3-year $54 million extension report says

Jaguars signing Blake Bortles to 3-year $54 million extension report says

The Jaguars removed all doubt about their quarterback plans on Saturday.

"Blake's growth and development last season was a key to the success we had as a team", said Jaguars Executive VP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin. Bortles played the entire 2017 season with the injury, and he said he had three cortisone injections throughout the season. The deal averages $18 million per year, which is less annually than the $19 million that Bortles was set to make on the fifth-year of his rookie contract. That's a reasonable deal. The new deal is for $54 million and will keep Bortles under contract through 2020. The trio moved quickly to make their first bold move with the extensions in hand. Blake Bortles will be the quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars next season, and will be sticking around longer than that. It was the franchise's first division title since 1999, and although Jacksonville came up short of a Super Bowl bid after a heartbreaking loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC title game, team management is banking on Bortles to step his game up. He also ran 17 times for 121 yards, including 88 yards in the victory over Buffalo. He also threw three touchdowns compared to zero picks in three postseason starts. Basically, Coughlin saw Bortles get better and show some positive traits, but he still must improve to get the Jaguars to where they want to be. ". Everyone dreams of making $100 million dollars or the quarterbacks are expected to sign the big deal, and that was never something that was very important to me".

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Now the Jags are fully engaged to Bortles, at least for the time being.

Bortles, 25, put up the best performance of an otherwise up-and-down career in 2017. That means a massive upgrade in talent around him.

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The first priority is re-signing receiver Allen Robinson, who missed almost all of the 2017 season because of a torn left ACL. However, he had a fantastic camp previous year, and the Jaguars believed he was headed for a big season before his injury.

The Jaguars should try to bring in three impact offensive players in free agency and the draft: a tight end, receiver and offensive lineman. Mike Florio of even went as far as to outline how the team could end Bortles' tenure in Jacksonville before the official start of the National Football League season.

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