Report: Jaguars sign Blake Bortles to two-year extension

Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) prepares to throw the ball during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that escalated pretty quickly. Fresh off this report from ESPN’s Josina Anderson Saturday evening that the Jacksonville Jaguars were working on an extension with Blake Bortles, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport has more information available.

According to the NFL insider, Bortles and the Jaguars are now finalizing a contract extension.

Rapoport later noted that it is in fact a two-year extension.

The former top-10 pick was set to enter the final year of his rookie contract with a cap hit of $19-plus million for the 2018 campaign. It’s not yet known whether that figure will change once an extension is officially signed.

Bortles, 25, is coming off the best season of an otherwise largely unassuming career. In 16 starts, he completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,687 yards with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions en route to leading Jacksonville to the AFC South title. He also helped the Jaguars earn a trip to the conference championship before losing a close contest to the New England Patriots.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes that the contract is worth $54 million over three seasons. Bortles can earn a total of $66.5 million during that span should he meet certain incentives.

That’s a pretty big extension for a quarterback that had struggled leaps and bounds prior to last season. But the market dictates quarterback value in today’s NFL. And the demand surely is there for a young quarterback with some tremendous upside.