Jaguars sign Blake Bortles through 2020

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The Jaguars were exploring their quarterback options last week, but that process came to an end on Saturday because they are going to continue rolling with Blake Bortles.

PFT’s Mike Florio wondered if a long-term deal might be Jacksonville’s choice on Saturday afternoon and we got our answer later in the day. Shortly after Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that the Jaguars were working on a contract extension with Bortles, there were multiple reports that the Jaguars are giving Bortles a new three-year deal.

Those reports peg the total value of the deal at $54 million with another $12.5 million available through incentives.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that $26.5 million is guaranteed and the full details of the contract will show any outs the Jaguars have built in along the way to 2020. It seems clear that Bortles, who was set to make $19 million this season, is going to be the No.1 heading into the 2018 season at the very least.

That was far from a sure thing when the Jaguars benched him for a spell in favor of Chad Henne during the preseason, but two playoff wins and an assessment of the other options on the table convinced Jacksonville to stick with the bird in their hand.

The deal also takes one potential player in the free agent market for quarterbacks off the table with the start of the new league year almost around the corner.

75 responses to “Jaguars sign Blake Bortles through 2020

  1. Rut-roh.
    On any given Sunday you don’t know if the good twin or the bad twin is going to show up. Sometimes one shows up for the first half and the other one for the second half.

  2. Solid run game: Check.
    Premier receivers: Check.
    Good O-line. Check.
    One of the all time greatest defenses: Check.
    Worst starting QB since Christian Ponder: Check, Check, and 2020 Check.

    All those free agents, and Bortles gets the job. Just freaking wow. Sorry Jags fans. You were so close to competeting.

  3. That’s great, but on a more serious note I want to hear more flat earth conspiracies from Geno Smith please.

  4. They must see something we don’t….his potential is boom or bust so maybe we get the 35 TD version of a few years ago. Still throws too many interceptions to be effective. Better run Fournette into the ground and hope the defense continues to shine.

  5. Solid run game: Check.
    Premier receivers: Check.
    Good O-line. Check.
    One of the all time greatest defenses: Check.
    Worst starting QB since Christian Ponder: Check, Check, and 2020 Check.

    All those free agents, and Bortles gets the job. Just freaking wow. Sorry Jags fans. You were so close to competeting.

    ponder could never win a playoff game bortles aint that bad hes just not top ten

  6. That is just WOW, by the time they get to the end of the
    contract the defense will be old. This a major give up for
    a team, I thought they were headed up.

  7. That’s….. Disappointing.

    This team is prime for a SB run, all they needed was a half decent QB. Tyrod Taylor, Bridgewater,keenum all would have given them a better chance to get there and would have been cheaper. They can’t afford that defense much longer, they need to pounce (pun intended) while they can. So disappointing.

  8. I don’t know why everyone is so critical of this signing. This is actually brilliant.

    With everyone talking about Cousins getting somewhere between 25 and 30 million per year, and where 22 – 23 is for an average QB, they are getting the same QB that was their QB up to the AFC championship game for about 18 per.

    That gives them flexibility in the draft and free agency, without a long term commitment. They can now take their time to pick who they want to develop that person.

  9. The guy helped lead his team to the afc championship, played his heart out. Don’t be so quick to dismiss Blake Bortles. (Didn’t a back up QB just win the Super Bowl MVP)
    Any given Sunday.

    Steeler fan

  10. That’s awesome. Jacksonville obviously has a scouting operation that is far better than most teams. Bortles showed signs that he’s finally coming around to his potential. The presence of Tom Coughlin, and the genius of Mr. Khan are putting Jax in a good spot. This is a great day for Jaguars fans.

  11. That’s a awful lot of money to turn around and give the ball to Leonard Fournette..This will extend Bortles career, just hoping it doesn’t end Fournette career far too soon!!!

  12. The correct move. Young guy at a reasonable price. With some upside. Who’s better? Cousins? No brainer with that D. #2seed in the AFC next yr.

  13. I get all the people who say Bortles helped the Jags to the AFC title game, but because he couldn’t complete routine short throws to convert crucial third downs, they lost that game. The offense is severely limited with him in there.

  14. detroitfanatic says:
    February 24, 2018 at 7:50 pm
    Solid run game: Check.
    Premier receivers: Check.
    Good O-line. Check.
    One of the all time greatest defenses: Check.
    Worst starting QB since Christian Ponder: Check, Check, and 2020 Check.

    All those free agents, and Bortles gets the job. Just freaking wow. Sorry Jags fans. You were so close to competeting.
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    they have already went to the conference championship. How far did those other free agents get? And further more, when is the last time those other free agents made it to the conference championship almost beating the Patriots and Tom Brady in their house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bortles did not take up a lot of cap space and that is key to making it to the SB these days. Like it or not. Agree or not. The facts are the facts.

  15. Blake really wasn’t that bad last year. He passed for about 3700 yards and 21td, against 13 int. He also improved his completion percentage to 60%. I actually saw improvement in his play. He was able to perform decently in competitive games unlike in the past when he racked up stats during garbage time. Besides with his $19 million guaranteed for injury this year it would be dicey for the Jags if they tried to get from under that contract.

  16. Statistically Blake was better than Cousins last year and Cousins had receivers to throw to. Also, alot of Cousins stats came in 4th quarter when they were forced to throw, Bortles not so much.
    Great sign for the Jags. The losers, national media by peddling misleading stories about Bortles.

  17. All you “pocket GMs” are clueless. This is a cap friendly deal for a QB who helped his team get closer to the SB than most of your Gumps’ teams. It is top heavy, so they can cut him him in a year with no dead money.
    But sign Cousins who has never done a darn thing to a $150M contract?
    In Coughlin we trust!

  18. Freaking KILLING me. Watched every game and he sucks out loud. No touch on short throws. Doesn’t read defenses at the line and runs the play despite adjustments by the defense. Can’t throw deep. Is LATE on crossing patterns. Delays handoffs. Bad clock management. When this guy succeeds, it’s fluke. In SPITE of his poor decisions. There are 7-12 people we could go after. Now it’s ‘rally behind the idiot’ time again. I get it- it’s basically backup money. His best WR was out. He needs a TE. He had surgery. Last excuse. If not fixed by week 2- bye.

  19. So the deal averages $18mil with $26.5mil guaranteed. Not a terrible signing. They signed for less than his tender. Coughlin wasn’t going to pay the ridiculous money Cousins would get. So would you trade for Tyrod Taylor? Sign the unproven McCarron? Sign the injury prone Bradford or take your chances with Keenum on this same deal and hope he signs it? For a team that has big deals coming due with A. Rob, Jack, Nagokue and Ramsey coupled with the big money already due to Calais Campbell, Bouye and Dareus. This deal makes sense! It’s essentially a “prove it deal”. He has had one good season and played strong down the stretch last year. Nice play Jags

  20. fritz96 says:
    February 24, 2018 at 8:44 pm
    If you can’t trust a QB with 2 timeouts and a minute left on the clock, he shouldn’t be your starter.

    Maybe, just maybe, …they should’ve trusted him.

  21. Big Ant TV says:
    February 24, 2018 at 7:49 pm
    NO more COUSINS talk in JX now get more pieces too get back in the playoffs and beat the PATS AND STEELERS

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    Already got the Steelers number.

  22. fritz96 says:
    February 24, 2018 at 8:44 pm
    If you can’t trust a QB with 2 timeouts and a minute left on the clock, he shouldn’t be your starter.
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    He got to being one insanely good defensive play away from the Superbowl. That pass was perfect, if Gilmore doesnt pull off that swat it goes to the house.

  23. I remember all the Bortles vs Bridgewater stories. I still don’t know who is better.
    If it wasn’t because of the injury Bortles has gotten better every year. He also has a pretty good set of wheels. I still think he could be better if his line was.
    Have you ever noticed how a quarterback can look great one year and then the next look horrible. NO SINGLE PLAYER makes a team win! The Jags will be fine with Blake.

  24. Compared to Nick Foles’ playoff run, Blake Bortles looked like hot garbage in the playoffs.

  25. He might work out for the jags, but honestly who in the NFL was going to pay bortles more than 5 mil per season? If he didn’t get this deal he would be on a veteran minimum contract as a backup somewhere else. How did Coughlin not see that and overpay so much?

  26. This move was about stability. I’m not a Jag’s fan but I’d be happy knowing the FO/coaching staff has confidence in him. He’s been on a bad team until this year. Personally I’m glad to see a team actually stick with a guy that has not been great but hasn’t been awful either.

  27. Good move … the grass is always greener with a different QB … Bortles is being given a chance to succeed or not by Coughlin … the man is no idiot.

    Miami fan enduring many futile grasps at straws ever since Marino.

  28. I am shaking my head. I don’t see the upswing. The D was amazing, Fournette and other assets were amazing. Bortles just didn’t lose games down the stretch.

    That said, there is no cap hell. I don’t think that means what some people think it means. He was due $19m this season, it looks like he is getting $18m. When the details come out maybe it slides differently but it sure ain’t cap hell.

    Sometimes it’s better to run with the devil you know rather than the one you don’t

  29. This will probably end up being a two deal with a third year option. I’m guessing that management didn’t think any of the free agents were convincingly head over heels better than Bortles and those QBs would have to learn the system. Rookie QB will probably get drafted. Team is young in areas. New QB in three years if Bortles doesn’t get them over the hump. Jags might trade for or sign a veteran piece to get them better in a quick way. Not the worst move for Jags. Let’s see how free agency plays out for them. Signed, a still flying high Eagles fan

  30. Boy there are some DUMB commenters here…

    The D will be old at end of contract? Its a 3 year deal!
    One of best Defenses of all time? Are you kidding me?
    Cap Hell? this is an awesome cap friendly deal

    Dude WON 2 playoff (Andrew Dalton anyone?) games and made it to AFC Champ Game and they should have beat the Patsies

    Bortles at times has been a bonehead but got ALOT better in 2nd half of season and at times plaayed GREAT. Funny how as team around him gets better he gets better too – thats the way it should be!
    Good move – Stability!

  31. Jacksonville picked Blake Bortles and they almost went to the Super Bowl. Houston had the first pick of the draft and they took a DE even though they needed a QB real bad. Houston has not made it through the first round of the playoffs since then. It shows how important the QB position is.

  32. I thought he looked pretty good in the playoffs. Problem is, he played the pats and Steelers defenses, which are both terrible defenses. He struggled against the bills, who have a good defense. Still has a way to go but the jags have a proven starter that won’t break the bank and will allow them to upgrade their receiving options.

  33. Well, this is a passing league. I don’t care how good your run game is. Bortles is like Dak, they need the run game to be above average. Otherwise they are average or worse. Now look at the boys against anybody the last few games of the season. They fed Zeke and he got some yards, but in the end if you could hold them to 3 or make Dak beat you the game was over. Bortles is a better passer than Dak, Cousins will drain your cap for the next 5 years, and Foles isn’t going anywhere without knowing that Wentz will be 100%.

    So good signing for the Jags. Coughlin is smart. Brady and the Pats are done. I don’t care if Tom throws for 500 per game. That defense can’t stop anybody. And Ben is washed up. Good move for He Jags. This is a backup deal and if it doesn’t work out it doesn’t sting you.

    To the clown who remarked one of the greatest defenses of all time……… hahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaa

    Good defense, let’s leave it at that.

  34. That’s a lot of money to pay a guy who looks like Tom Brady one minute, and Tim Tebow the next. You have to be able to hit the open man on 3rd and 5. Bortles misses so many of those passes, I’m really surprised they aren’t taking this opportunity to move on. It could be a decade before there are this many quality QBs available to pursue in free agency and the draft.

  35. omeimontis says:
    February 24, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Jacksonville picked Blake Bortles and they almost went to the Super Bowl. Houston had the first pick of the draft and they took a DE even though they needed a QB real bad. Houston has not made it through the first round of the playoffs since then. It shows how important the QB position is.

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    Houston’s first pick in 2014 was Jadeveon Clowney — probably one of the best LBs in the game. If Bortles didn’t have a hot defense playing on the other side of the ball, the Jags would be just another middle-of-the-road team. And now the Texans have Deshaun Watson coming back (their top pick in 2017). AFC South will be a lot more competitive this year.

  36. kevjamm says:
    February 24, 2018 at 9:00 pm
    Statistically Blake was better than Cousins last year and Cousins had receivers to throw to. Also, alot of Cousins stats came in 4th quarter when they were forced to throw, Bortles not so much.
    Great sign for the Jags. The losers, national media by peddling misleading stories about Bortles.

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    Here’s how I know you guys don’t watch things before posting. Cousins was better stats wise in nearly every category than Bortle..yards, rating, completion percentage, etc. The line that really gave you away though was your claim Cousins had better receivers and that he had a lot of his stats in the 4th quarter. You have no clue what you’re talking about if you believe that. His top receiver was Jamison Crowder at 789 yards. He had no running game. His most dynamic receiver was Chris Thompson, a running back. And his line was hurt most of the season. Meanwhile the Jags offense was lead by their running game.

    Me being a Redskins fan who watched most of their games also know we were competitive in every game because of cousins. No running game, poor defense, and one of the worse receiving core in the league.

  37. omeimontis says:
    February 24, 2018 at 10:39 pm
    Jacksonville picked Blake Bortles and they almost went to the Super Bowl. Houston had the first pick of the draft and they took a DE even though they needed a QB real bad. Houston has not made it through the first round of the playoffs since then. It shows how important the QB position is.

    ———————-
    I cant fault Houston on the QB choice, they actually do have a terrific guy to go forward with, just he got hurt is all. It happens

  38. jagsfan1 says:
    February 24, 2018 at 10:38 pm
    Boy there are some DUMB commenters here…

    Dude WON 2 playoff (Andrew Dalton anyone?) games and made it to AFC Champ Game and they should have beat the Patsies

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    Not true that they ‘should have’ beat the Patriots. The Patriots played the slightly better game and won. In football the team that played the better game is always the one that ‘should’ wins. In all sports even. The Patriots beat the Jags pure and simple. Just like the Eagles beat the Patriots and the Jags beat the Steelers are both completely true statements. In avery one of those cases the team that won earned it with good hard play, no one got robbed.

  39. tylawspick6 says:
    February 24, 2018 at 7:51 pm
    wow

    cap hell on the way

    //////////////////////

    Another person who is clueless about the cap. This is a very team friendly contract, if you took the time to read

  40. 3 years for $54M is probably not a bad deal. I’m sure Bortles had to take less because he knew he wouldn’t get much more, if that, on the open market. This should be a wakeup call to him to put in the work he needs to do to be an NFL QB. He hasn’t shown much improvement since coming in the league although he continues to talk about how hard he works in the off-season. It sure doesn’t look like he does anything in the off-season. Maybe Coughlin can get more out of him. If not he’ll be gone and he’ll be skipping around the league playing for peanuts like Blaine Gabbert.

  41. The folks who believe the “experts” are dead wrong again. A football mind as good as Tom Coughlin wouldn’t risk the farm on a bad deal.
    Jacksonville admittedly won in large part due to the defense, but all you need is a better than average QB to take you over the top. People forget that Bortles took this team very close to the Super Bowl. The ’85 Bears won the Super Bowl with a mediocre Jim McMahon. Remember Trent Dilfer?
    So you bring in mega-dollar Kirk Cousins so you can what, win 40-10 instead of 30-10?
    Only people with limited football intelligence would call this a bad deal, including the “experts” that apparently lots of people think are ‘smart’.

  42. Bad move…worst case they should have just paid the 19m this year and if he plays great franchise him next yr and/ or work on a long term deal at that point

  43. “One of the all time greatest defenses”

    Pump the brakes there Clarence. It was one season, and not even close to one of the all-time greats. They could develop that in the near future. Pass the pipe when you’re done with it.

  44. I like Bortles, and I think this is a pretty good deal. But many people are justifying this deal because Bortles got to the AFC Championship. As a Jet fan, I feel compelled to point out that Mark Sanchez did that twice. In a row. So…maybe keep that reasoning in your pocket.

  45. whenwilliteverend says:
    February 25, 2018 at 10:22 am
    Maybe Coughlin can get more out of him. If not he’ll be gone and he’ll be skipping around the league playing for peanuts like Blaine Gabbert

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    Gabbert made $895,000.00 last year. I for one would love some of those peanuts.

  46. This seems to be the same kind of false confidence as when Tebow won a playoff game. There doesn’t seem to be a ton of obvious options, but they are paying way too much for a mediocre QB. On his best day, he is a game manager QB.

  47. Dennis Allen’s Outgoing Persona says:

    February 24, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    That’s great, but on a more serious note I want to hear more flat earth conspiracies from Geno Smith please.
    ——————–
    What’s on that UN Flag son?

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