Bortles' deal in Jaguars indirectly benefits Vikings


ESPN reported the extension is for three years and worth $54 million, an average of $18 million per season, that can reach $66.5 million in incentives.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan gave contract extensions to personnel chief Tom Coughlin, general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone on Friday that carry through 2021.

While fans across the board were either shocked, dismayed or excited about the news that Bortles, the former first round pick in 2014, will be behind center the next three seasons, it is a solid move for the Jaguars - a team that won 10 games in the regular season after a 10-year absence from the playoffs. The Jaguars lost a 10-point fourth-quarter lead at New England in the AFC Championship Game.

The 25-year-old signed a four-year, $20.6m rookie contract out of college.

It comes after a bounce-back year for the quarterback who posted a completion percentage above 60 for the first time in his career in 2017 and threw 21 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. But they aren't committed to him beyond the next few seasons. "Along with this contract come high expectations that he will continue to improve and help our team accomplish their ultimate goal".

The contract, which will keep Bortles with the franchise through the 2020 season, was universally praised by teammates, whose reactions were posted on the team's website.

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From the likes of Malik Jackson and Calais Campbell in free agency to Leonard Fournette and Jalen Ramsey in the draft, the Jaguars are seemingly making all the right moves.

It also doesn't mean the Jaguars are convinced Bortles should be the starter much longer.

Still, Bortles has flaws to fix. He hasn't missed a snap because of injury and handled constant criticism - including nearly weekly shots from fellow players - in stride.

Bortles will be just 26 when the next season starts and he already has 61 National Football League starts and 90 touchdown passes under his belt.

This deal will help the Jaguars immensely moving forward and becomes a total steal if Bortles takes another step forward this fall. "He's the type of guy we want in our locker room and I look forward to having him back for many more years". The team could make a splash on a guy like Trey Burton, who is quickly rising after his Super Bowl win with the Eagles, or go after another intriguing prospect like Cameron Brate. "That's his only goal".