The Jacksonville Jaguars dedicated to Blake Bortles instantly after their season led to a loss to the New England Patriots within the AFC championship.
Bortles is their man. However they didn’t actually have a selection.
When Kirk Cousins turned out there after the Alex Smith commerce, the Jaguars may need needed to sniff across the quickly-to-be former Redskins quarterback to gauge his curiosity. A discrete dialogue of contract numbers and X’s and O’s over dinner may need been order. However the Jaguars can’t even think about Cousins — or Sam Bradford or anybody else.
Bortles’ contract is actually locked in after he acquired wrist surgical procedure instantly after the season. The Jaguars took on his fifth-yr choice final offseason, however did so with the liberty to reduce him earlier than March 14, 2018, the beginning of the subsequent league yr, with out paying him any cash for subsequent season. The transfer can be cap-hit free.
That was, till Bortles’ surgical procedure.
If he’s not wholesome when the league yr begins, then he’s assured his fifth-yr choice of his rookie contract value $19 million. The quarterback could have simply over a month to cross a bodily after wrist surgical procedure. That’s an extended shot.
The Jaguars might pay their approach out of the state of affairs by coming to a renegotiation of the contract or an damage settlement, which might unfold his $19 million over a number of years to alleviate the cap hit. However they don’t need to be coping with lifeless cash from Bortles whereas paying tens of millions to Cousins.
Positive, the Jaguars would simply be a greater group in 2018 with Cousins on the helm. He’s a extra clever and gifted passer than Bortles by just about any metric.
Whereas Cousins — or different quarterback choices — could also be tempting, the Jaguars shouldn’t flirt with the thought. Bortles would be the Jaguars’ experience-or-die in 2018. And whereas they’re pretending like that they had a selection, they didn’t. Financially, they’re tied to him for another yr.
The most important drawback, nevertheless, is that their protection is constructed with a number of the elite defenders within the NFL. Why is that this an issue? These defenders are younger, and lots of are on rookie offers. These kids are key to operating the system — which has turn into common in Seattle and Atlanta. However take a look at what occurred in Seattle. These gamers acquired previous and demanded big contracts. Some moved on — some caught round for an excessive amount of cash. Some didn’t age nicely. Seattle is a multitude.
If the Jaguars are going to construct themselves just like the Seahawks to win championships, they could be working in a 4-yr window. Bortles is principally a waste of (cap) area throughout that window.
Yearly with Bortles could be a yr wasted, which makes his wrist surgical procedure all of the extra painful in Jacksonville.