Jacksonville Jaguars confirm new deal for Blake Bortles

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The 25-year-old completed a career-high 60 per cent of his passes for 3,687 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He already was under contract for the 2018 season after the Jaguars exercised the fifth-year option in his original rookie deal at a cost of just more than $19 million.

Bortles was much more effective in the new offense.

That question was answered when the Jaguars announced a three-year, $54 million contract extension for the quarterback.

By the time 2019 rolls around, it will be one of the cheapest deals in the National Football League for a starting quarterback.

If Minnesota has their eye on a certain quarterback in the draft this year, they better hope the Jaguars don't get to him first.

"He's not anxious about personal credit or accolades; his sole focus is on being a great leader and a great teammate and I am very excited for him and his family on a very well earned extension".

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"I'm just happy to win", he said. Some are promoting the Jaguars to draft a quarterback this year.

Here's how the Blake Bortles contract breaks down. But as we would point out earlier, Bortles' numbers thus far are fairly underwhelming through four seasons. The Jaguars got him for $18 million per year. The Jaguars beat the Buffalo Bills at home and Pittsburgh Steelers on the road to reach the AFC Championship Game against New England at Gillette Stadium.

Bortles didn't exactly have a full complement of receivers, either. He also lost top target Allen Robinson on the opening series of the season opener. Bortles never had Robinson last season after he tore his ACL on his first catch in the opener at Houston.

That's the word from Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin, who put out a statement tonight praising Bortles and saying the team has high hopes for him.

With Bortles signed, this has leaped to the forefront of importance for Jacksonville. 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. The Jaguars have the option of signing the fourth-year player to a long-term deal, giving him the franchise tag or allowing him to test free agency where it is nearly a guarantee he will sign with another franchise.