QB Blake Bortles signs rookie contract with Jaguars

By Michelle Kapusta,

Rookie quarterback Blake Bortles has signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

ESPN reported that on Wednesday the 22-year-old inked his four-year rookie contract worth $20.65 million. The deal reportedly includes a $13.34 million signing bonus and a fifth-year team option.

“It’s a once in a lifetime thing, signing your first contract. It’s a cool feeling,” Bortles said via the team’s official website.

The 6-foot-5, 232-pound quarterback was the Jags’ No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and the team is hoping that he will be the answer after a carousal of failed franchise QBs.

Because the Jaguars have not had much stability or success at the quarterback position in recent years, fans have become frustrated with management for not getting a bona fide QB. They have boycotted home games and even made public petitions for Tim Tebow. Like Tebow, Bortles is a Florida native and played college ball in his home state.

General manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley said that they would like the young QB to learn as much as he can while they go with veteran Chad Henne for now.

The second day of the Jags’ three-day mandatory minicamp is on Wednesday morning at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.



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