Jaguars sign QB Blake Bortles to contract extension

Jaguars sign QB Blake Bortles to contract extension

Scratch one possible landing spot for former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron in National Football League free agency this offseason.

The new addendum will pay Bortles $54 million, but could pay as much as $66.5 million with incentives.

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.

According to the Florida Times-Union, Bortles' contract is likely to lower his 2018 cap hit, allowing the Jaguars more maneuverability under the cap in order to re-sign players and plug the holes on their roster.

"We've always trusted Blake and we're excited that he'll lead our offense for years to come", Jaguars center Brandon Linder said. He was scheduled to make $19 million guaranteed after Jacksonville picked up his fifth-year option from his rookie deal. 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.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are out of the quarterback market.

The new contract doesn't mean Bortles has three more years of starting for the Jaguars.

Bortles played some of the best football of his career in the playoffs. He completed a career-high 60 percent of his passes for 3,687 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. It's a dream come true to be able to sign a second contract by the team that drafted me. "So that'll take place for the next two weeks, and ideally I'll be cleared and back to just my normal throwing program four days a week trying to get everything tuned up and ready to go for OTAs". But they aren't committed to him beyond the next few seasons. Who would have given him that money along with a promise that he wouldn't be this year's version of Glennon, holding the No. 1 job on the depth chart until supplanted in October by a first-round draft pick who unexpectedly arrives in late April?

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