The Jaguars extensions keep coming, and the latest is the biggest. Jacksonville has signed quarterback Blake Bortles to a three-year contract, the team announced. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the contract is worth $54 million, including $26.5 million in guaranteed money. The new deal replaces Bortles' current contract, which had one year remaining on it via the fifth-year option included in his rookie contract. "I don't have a whole lot of knowledge how any of this stuff works and doing all this I told Ryan [Tollner], my agent, I was like, 'man, let's just get it done so I can just go play football. I really would love to know and have confirmation that this is where I'm going to be, and now let's go to work and continue to build on what we did last year and go play,'" Bortles said during a conference call to discuss the new contract. "So happy and relieved and obviously extremely excited. It's a dream come true to be able to sign a second contract by the team that drafted me. That was one of my goals from the start. It's exciting to get it all done and get rolling now." The quarterback was scheduled to make $19 million in 2018, but will instead make an average of $18 million per season from 2018 to 2020. Bortles can make a maximum of $66.5 million with all incentives and escalators included, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. "Blake's growth and development last season was a key to the success we had as a team," Jaguars executive VP Tom Coughlin said in a release from the team. "Blake has proven, with toughness and dependability, that he can be the leader this team needs going forward. Along with this contract come high expectations that he will continue to improve and help our team accomplish its ultimate goal." Given his inconsistent nature, Bortles is one of the most polarizing figures associated with the Jaguars organization. Drafted third overall in 2014, Bortles arrived as the heir to the faceless throne in Jacksonville but has struggled as often as he's been successful. He posted three 3,500-plus-yard seasons passing and has finished with a negative TD-to-INT ratio just once in his career. In the same breath, we must mention his up-and-down play, a breakdown of his mechanics in 2016 and his occasionally inexplicable decisions, which leave many to believe he'll ultimately sink the Jaguars.
Jaguars sign Bortles to 3-year, $54M contract
NFL.com | Feb 25