One of the biggest offseason questions now has an answer.
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced their major move of signing quarterback Blake Bortles to a lucrative three-year extension that could be worth up to $66.5 million over the duration of the deal. But Bortles will get more than $26 million guaranteed at signing, $7 million more than he would have gotten if the Jaguars had made a decision to let him enter his option year.
Last season Bortles helped Jacksonville make it all the way to the AFC Championship game. The extension came together in less than a week.
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The Jaguars had a $19 million option for 2018 on Bortles that had to be picked up by March 14. 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.
There has been a lot of talk - maybe too much talk - about what the Jacksonville Jaguars will do at quarterback moving forward.
But here's the great part: The Jags have him for three more years, and only $26.5 million is guaranteed. Obviously extremely excited. It's a dream come true to be able to sign a second contract by the team that drafted me. He finished the year with career highs in completion percentage (60.2), improved his yards per attempt from 6.25 to 7.05, and had a career low in interceptions with 13.
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"Blake's growth and development last season was a key to the success we had as a team", Coughlin said in a statement. The fewer teams in need of a quarterback gives the Vikings a better chance of the team bringing back Keenum and/or Bridgewater, or going outside of the box and signing someone like Kirk Cousins.
Bortles, 25, put up the best performance of an otherwise up-and-down career in 2017.
"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.
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