Why 2018 Isn’t Blake Bortles’ Last Season in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Jaguars went all in on quarterback Blake Bortles after returning to the playoffs for the first time in a decade last season.

Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time, denied the Jaguars a first-ever trip to the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots’ comeback, 24-20, victory in the AFC Championship Game. It was Jacksonville’s first AFC title game appearance since the 1999 season.

Bortles, who was effective in 2017 essentially operating as a game manager, was given a two-year, $34.497 million extension (worth up to another $12.5 million through salary escalators and incentives) with $26.5 million fully guaranteed. He was scheduled make $19.053 million in 2018 on a fifth-year option prior to the new deal. The base value of Bortles’ three-year contract is $54 million where he can make as much as $66.5 million.

The decision is coming back to haunt the Jaguars, whose nucleus from an AFC South championship squad remains largely intact.

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