Jacksonville Jaguars sign QB Blake Bortles on three-year deal worth $54m

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed quarterback Blake Bortles on a three-year
deal, reported to be worth $54m.

The new deal replaces Bortles’ current contract which had one year left to run and includes $26.5m in guaranteed money.

The Jaguars announced the news on Saturday, one day after handing out two-year extensions to top executive Tom Coughlin, coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell.

The Jaguars won the AFC South for the first time in team history and made the play-offs for the first time in a decade. They advanced to the AFC title game for the first time since 2000, losing to New England 24-20 after surrendering a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Bortles showed signs of progress in his fourth year despite playing 19 games with a wrist injury that required surgery last month.

The 25-year-old completed a career-high 60 per cent of his passes for 3,687 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.