Jags, Bortles reach 3-year, $54M deal

Blake Bortles Fact He's The Man in Jacksonville Long-Term

Coughlin's comments only further emphasize that the Jaguars expect much more success beyond what the team accomplished this past season with their first AFC Championship game appearance since 1999.

Bortles showed signs of progress in his fourth year despite playing 19 games with a wrist injury that required surgery last month. The extension came together in less than a week.

If the Jaguars decided not to sign Bortles to this deal, he was still under contract on a fifth-year option with the team through next season. 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.

After assessing the landscape, the Jacksonville front office evidently determined that Bortles was worth retaining for the next couple of years at an affordable cost, thereby allowing the Jaguars to funnel more financial resources to other areas of need on the roster.

Here's how the Blake Bortles contract breaks down.

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Bortles has, in all honesty, shown more at this point in his National Football League career than Case Keenum, though I would say Keenum was the better player in 2017 overall.

According to ESPN, the deal is for three years and $54 million.

I think you have to look at guys like Case Keenum, A.J. McCarron, and Tyrod Taylor if he becomes available as a free agent. "Along with this contract come high expectations that he will continue to improve and help our team accomplish its ultimate goal".

Bortles is coming off of a season in which he threw for 3,627 yards, 27 touchdowns and he had a career-low 13 interceptions. But rather than reel in a truckload of money, the young quarterback is going to be a roaring bargain for his team, which now has more cap flexibility going forward as a result.

I was assuming going into this offseason that quarterbacks' starting points would be around the $20 million mark, and who knows?

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