Jaguars are actively exploring their quarterback options

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The Jaguars have a window of opportunity to attempt to negotiate a new deal with a free-agent quarterback before the window closes on severing ties with Blake Bortles. Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Jaguars currently are exploring their options, actively.

While the tampering rules prohibit direct communications with agents who represent looming free agents, tampering has become a normal business practice for all teams as free agency approaches. The process already has begun as it relates to Jacksonville’s effort to upgrade at the quarterback position, and it likely will continue — if not accelerate — next week at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Available free agents include Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum, A.J. McCarron, Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater, and Josh McCown. (And, yes, Drew Brees; he’s the best available free-agent quarterback, but he has said repeatedly he’s staying with the Saints.)

Bortles is under contract for 2018 at a fifth-year option amount of $19 million. The payment becomes fully guaranteed on the first day of the league year. The sole caveat comes from wrist surgery Bortles had after the team’s playoff run ended. If he can’t pass a physical before March 14, he can’t be released before his salary (guaranteed for injury only for now) becomes fully guaranteed.

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43 responses to “Jaguars are actively exploring their quarterback options

  1. The Jaguars picked up his 5th year option which is guaranteed for injury.
    Bortles had surgery on Jan 30th.
    Is he really going to be medically cleared by early March?

    They owe him 19MM this year.

  2. Of course Drew Brees is a Saint forever, but wouldn’t it be great to take the Jags to the SB for the last few years of your career?

  3. craigruby20 says: February 23, 2018 at 7:35 pm Their best option is Foles for their first. Can afford him and team ready made for him

    You know, I wouldn’t mind it. Question is if Foles would want to go there (he’s earned the right to choose where he wants to be traded to).

  4. wallabear says:

    February 23, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    A healthy Sam Bradford?

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    That’s one fine oxymoron you got there sir.

  5. The Eagles took a bath for about $16 million total on Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel in a 2-year period. The bath they took on Bradford got them Derek Barnett, who made the huge play to strip sack Kennum and end the Vikings last threat when the game was still in doubt. The bath they took on Daniel was to get Foles, and we all know how that worked out. Khan should do what needs to be done, like Jeff Lurie did.

  6. The Jaguars picked up his 5th year option which is guaranteed for injury.
    Bortles had surgery on Jan 30th.
    Is he really going to be medically cleared by early March?

    They owe him 19MM this year.

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    Recovery time for the surgery he had is 3 to 4 weeks so he will be healed by the time he has the physical.

  7. indiapalealeblog says:
    February 23, 2018 at 7:53 pm
    The Jaguars picked up his 5th year option which is guaranteed for injury.
    Bortles had surgery on Jan 30th.
    Is he really going to be medically cleared by early March?
    They owe him 19MM this year.
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    That’s a lot of money for a back up next year.

  8. briang123 says:
    February 23, 2018 at 8:03 pm
    The Eagles took a bath for about $16 million total on Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel in a 2-year period. The bath they took on Bradford got them Derek Barnett, who made the huge play to strip sack Kennum and end the Vikings last threat when the game was still in doubt. The bath they took on Daniel was to get Foles, and we all know how that worked out. Khan should do what needs to be done, like Jeff Lurie did.
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    He recovered the fumble. He didn’t do the strip sack.

  9. Not surprised. They’re supposed to sniff around.

    Bortles will likely be the guy this coming year though. The FA’s will break the bank, and none of them are that much better than #5.

    #thetrashmancometh

  10. I don’t know how Cousins wouldn’t be the number 1 option for all the QB needy teams this offseason as Brees is never going to leave NO (as Florio mentioned), but I’m also wondering if Jacksonville could actually afford to bring him in.

    Keenum would be a much cheaper option, and you’d have to give up a draft pick to get Foles. Bradford and Bridgewater are both coming off major injuries, McCown is old and recovering from a broken hand but does ok-ish when he’s allowed to push the ball downfield, and McCarron is a wild card as he was middle of the road performance wise when he last started a few years back. I don’t know…Jags have their work cut out for them if they want to take the next step but they have good weapons and a decent OC. This offseason is shaping up to be interesting.

  11. You know, I wouldn’t mind it. Question is if Foles would want to go there (he’s earned the right to choose where he wants to be traded to).——————————————————————————————————————————————–LOL, very rarely do players get to chose where they are traded to . Foles has not earned that right. He will go where ever they trade him….if and thats a big IF they trade him.

  12. phootbolgawd says:
    February 23, 2018 at 8:10 pm
    briang123 says:
    February 23, 2018 at 8:03 pm
    The Eagles took a bath for about $16 million total on Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel in a 2-year period. The bath they took on Bradford got them Derek Barnett, who made the huge play to strip sack Kennum and end the Vikings last threat when the game was still in doubt. The bath they took on Daniel was to get Foles, and we all know how that worked out. Khan should do what needs to be done, like Jeff Lurie did.
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    He recovered the fumble. He didn’t do the strip sack.

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    He was talking about the NFCC game vs Minnesota, not the Super Bowl

  13. Go all in on Drew Brees for one (maybe two) seasons in pursuit of a championship with all the other talent on the roster

  14. Well, how about Alex Smith backs out of Redskins deal and really screws over the Chiefs now that they have traded Marcus Peters to the Rams and are relying on Fuller to play for them, not the Redskins in 2017-18..

  15. I don’t see any of them as a clear upgrade aside from Cousins when you factor consistency and injuries. That is the problem here. I purposely excluded Brees because I give Cleveland better odds of winning the Superbowl next year than Brees landing in Jax.

  16. Might as well go with Bortles. Otherwise you are going to overpay for a a chance at a mildly better QB. High paid FAs rarely workout and franchise QBs rarely hit FA. The Jags are a running team. They beat teams by running and defense. Their QB is mediocre as a passer and their receiving corps is mediocre.

  17. “A healthy Sam Bradford?”

    I’m a fan of him when he’s healthy, but he’s as brittle as Sam Bowie.

    Foles, I’d do for their first, but some Philly fans act as though he’s Joe Montana. Yeah, he won a SB, but he’s shown nothing outside of Philly. Granted, the Rams under Fisher were hot garbage. If I’m Philly, I wouldn’t deal him until I knew Wentz was completely healthy, and even though, they have little reason to move him. I’d have to be overwhelmed in a deal for Nick, which means more than a late first.

    Wonder how much they’d be in on Cousins. Strong RB and almost an elite defence which is very young. Money seems to be on Denver, but wonder how much he’d consider the Vikings too for similar reasons.

  18. A.J. McCarron. He’s signable, he’s familiar with play action offense. The kid played under Saban at Alabama, he is better than Dalton and he is going to prove it this year.

  19. They need a better qb while they have an elite defense. Their window is open right NOW. It won’t stay open forever. They had Bortles take a knee in the 1st half against the Patriots in the championship game because they were afraid he’d screw things up right before halftime. If you have that fear then he’s not a championship caliber QB.

    I just happened to see some of the Bears/Colts Superbowl replay on NFL Network. Watching that lousy Rex Grossman destroy any hope for the Bears to win that game was unbearable and I’m not even a Bears fan. Bortles is going to break Jags fans hearts even if he can somehow get to the SuperBowl off the backs of that great defense.

  20. Lets see…Bortles takes them an eyelash away from the Super Bowl and you want to trade for someone’s backup or someone fresh off IR? Or a guy that has never stayed healthy?

    Fantasy football has warped the view.

    As a starter, why shouldn’t he get that cash? If you say he sucks, explain the fact they came so close? And why would a player in another system be better than Bortles once they hit Jacksonville?

  21. Exploring their options? There’s nothing unusual about any team exploring their options. I would bet Bortles is the QB next season, as the Jags find that all their options are way overpriced.

  22. Jagz fan here.

    Brees is a HOF’er but no way is he leaving NO.

    The rest of the bunch? Not overly impressive in my book.
    I like Cousins, Keenum and Foles but EVERY one of them can also be VERY inconsistent
    (Although THANK YOU Foles for beating The Patriots in SB)

    Bortles LED the Jags to AFC Championship game and has WON 2 out of 3 Playoff games and was amazing down the stretch.

    It is PROVEN that you can get to AFC Championship with him….and I think he still has upside. Will he make mistakes? ABSOLUTELY but so will these other guys.

    1 more thing – Our D is NOT elite….

    Watching the Steelers and Patriots march up and down the field…and the Jags D had the game in their hands in 2nd half…stop Pats…you WIN…couldnt do it…an ELITE D would have done that.
    Yes they are good – and might become elite..but they aint there yet.
    Love where we are though – good times in Jville for the next few years (knock on wood!)

  23. This is a joke. All of the QBs listed besides Brees are a downgrade or have such injury questions that no team should hand them the reigns. Case Keenum off the bench to supplant a QB who went further in the playoffs than Bortles did? Jags scored 40+ on Pitt and played well on offense at New England. Arrow is up on Bortles. They need a new backup that can play. Henne is a good man but hasn’t had any juice under center in several seasons.

    Blake is still very young. Let him keep it up. After all of these losing seasons, I’ll take continuity over a new QB that came off someone’s bench and had a good run.

  24. LOL, very rarely do players get to chose where they are traded to . Foles has not earned that right. He will go where ever they trade him….if and thats a big IF they trade him.

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    Exactly. Very rarely. This is that very rare time. Foles is a god in Philly. He gets to choose.

  25. The jaguars looking at options at qb is called due diligence.
    Nothing else.
    Let’s not forget that Blake Bortles took this young team to the AFC championship game.
    In his first year with OC Nate Hackett.
    Next year is year 2 in the same system.
    Blake’s the qb

  26. As a starter, why shouldn’t he get that cash? If you say he sucks, explain the fact they came so close? And why would a player in another system be better than Bortles once they hit Jacksonville?”

    Blake himself admitted, the less he throws the ball, the greater chance they have to win. They came so close because of the defense and the run game. His job was to not make mistakes. To regularly contend, you need a signal caller that can win you games, not just try not to lose them. If something happens go the run game or defense next year, this team isn’t a contender. That does not mean the available QBs are the answer, as I don’t think they are. That is just the reality of the situation. He’s not a franchise QB.

  27. Don’t know why Jax would even think about moving away from Bortles?! This guy seems like a big-time QB who plays with poise, toughness, and is hard to rattle. His arm should be better next season, too. I mean, you go all the way to the AFC Championship game with this guy, who seems to be getting better, and you’re thinking about replacing him? Crazy! Ask the Steelers about how good Bortles is?!

  28. No one knows what the Jags will do. Bortles is certainly unpredictable but he did more then enough and played well in The AFC Championship game to send them to The Super Bowl. The Jags defense failed! Coughlin is smart! With all that stated Coughlin will look into Nick Foles. The first round pick at 30 plus something wouldn’t be the end of the world to them and Foles would take them over the top. Eagles fan!

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