"Over a four-year career, he's completed just 59.1 percent of his passes while compiling 90 touchdowns and 64 interceptions along the way".
Bortles helped the Jaguars go 10-6 last season, winning the AFC South title for the first time and defeating Buffalo and Pittsburgh in the playoffs.
Bortles performed well in the second half of the season, despite throwing to a weak group of receivers and tight ends.
"I don't have a whole lot of knowledge how any of this stuff works and doing all this I told Ryan [Tollner], my agent, I was like, 'man, let's just get it done so I can just go play football". There was some sense that the Jaguars could move on from Bortles after this year, and while the team did its due diligence in evaluating the market, something special would have to have come available for Bortles to be let go.
The news comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the Jaguars were rumored to be interested in a few potential free agent quarterbacks, including Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum, and Sam Bradford, among others.
"I have said it all along - I think Blake is one of the toughest people I have ever met, and I'm talking about his mental and physical toughness". The Jaguars got him for $18 million per year. On the other hand, the signal-caller in question is, well, Bortles, who is not the 70th best QB in the league, but is not in the top 20 either.
Bortles showed signs of progress in his fourth year despite playing 19 games with a partially torn ligament in his right wrist that required surgery last month. Allen Robinson suffered a torn left ACL on the third play of the season, and veterans Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee combined to miss eight games.
"Blake's growth and development last season was a key to the success we had as a team", Jaguars executive vice-president of football operations Tom Coughlin said. But rather than reel in a truckload of money, the young quarterback is going to be a roaring bargain for his team, which now has more cap flexibility going forward as a result.
With Bortles signed, this has leaped to the forefront of importance for Jacksonville.
Even with Allen Robinson, the Jaguars would still need to improve the wideout group.