Blake Bortles is a keeper for Jaguars despite Internet jabs

Bortles, 25, will receive reportedly a three-year, $54 million deal from Jacksonville that includes $26.5 million in guaranteed money and can reach $66.5 million if he reaches all of his incentives, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The contract also lowers Bortles 2018 salary cap hit by more than a million bucks. The extension came together in less than a week.

The announcement of the deal came in the wake of reports that the Jaguars had been reviewing their options to possibly replace Bortles, who guided Jacksonville to the AFC Championship Game last season.

After assessing the landscape, the Jacksonville front office evidently determined that Bortles was worth retaining for the next couple of years at an affordable cost, thereby allowing the Jaguars to funnel more financial resources to other areas of need on the roster. The move has Bortles under contract in Jacksonville through the 2020 season.

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"I told Ryan [Tollner], my agent, let's just get it done so I can just go play football".

"Signing this second deal with the team that drafted me was my goal from the beginning".

Even if Bortles isn't the 17th best quarterback in the National Football League, his new contract extension seems like a very rare one in terms of the fact that it seems like a really fair deal for Bortles and was slightly below market value and the inflation of the quarterback market. "So that'll take place for the next two weeks, and ideally I'll be cleared and back to just my normal throwing program four days a week trying to get everything tuned up and ready to go for OTAs".

Bortles is coming off of a season in which he threw for 3,627 yards, 27 touchdowns and he had a career-low 13 interceptions. "Blake has proven, with toughness and dependability, that he can be the leader this team needs going forward". They were already on the hook to pay the fifth-year QB over $19 million next season so the $26.5 million guaranteed isn't much of a jump. Entering the 2017 season, Bortles had as many victories (11) as interceptions returned for touchdowns.

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