With Blake Bortles extension, Jaguars banking on continuity over an upgrade at QB


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The Jacksonville Jaguars removed themselves from the quarterback free-agent market Saturday evening when they inked their own Blake Bortles to a three-year contract extension

The deal’s reported worth: $54 million with an average annual salary of $18 million, $26.5 million in guaranteed money and incentives that could increase the total earnings to $66.5 million.

This comes on the heels of a 2017 season in which Bortles helped the Jaguars reach the AFC Championship game. Bortles’ new deal also came two days after the Jaguars extended the contracts of vice president Tom Coughlin, general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone.

Essentially, the Jaguars are banking on continuity as they aim to build on last season’s success rather than seeking an upgrade at the quarterback position.

Bortles had a decent 2017 season as he threw for 3,687 yards (11th in the NFL) and 21…

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