Jacksonville Jaguars make the right decision to pick up the fifth-year option for their QB Blake Bortles
The fifth-year option which is valued at $20 million, is given to Blake Bortles as the Jacksonville Jaguars actually give him a run game
The move is a bit of a surprise considering the step back Bortles took in 2016 after his breakout season in 2015. Bortles’ salary for 2018 will now be approximately $20 million (the average of the top 10 highest-paid quarterbacks), and it is guaranteed for injury only until the first day of the 2018 league year in March, when it becomes fully guaranteed.
That offers the Jaguars some protection if Bortles does rebound in 2017. If he doesn’t, they can still cut him before the 2018 league year begins without owing him anything unless he suffers a serious injury. “This is a smart business decision for the team for several reasons,” Tom Coughlin, the Jaguars’ executive vice president of football operations, said in a statement. “It makes sense for us going forward and it’s good for Blake and for the Jaguars.”
Even though Blake Bortles is going to be making $20 million dollars that year, I didn’t even think this was a debate. What the hell else were they going to do? Sure, Blake Bortles has been up and down in his career but I actually consider him a good quarterback. The Jaguars are actually doing the right thing now. They brought in Tom Coughlin and gave Blake Bortles, in my opinion, the best running back in the draft in Leonard Fournette. The chances that he at least brings this team to an 8-8 or 9-7 record this year is pretty good. The Jaguars have a pretty easy schedule which should help that out. Pro tip for betters the win total is set to 5.5, I am most certainly going to bet the over on that one. But also there is this.