by Aaron Wilson
June 18, 02014
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed first-round quarterback Blake Bortles to a four-year, $20.65 million guaranteed contract.
The deal includes a $13.34 million signin gb onus and a fifth-year club option.
“We are excited to get Blake under contract as we finish up minicamp,” Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said. “Blake has progressed really well this offseason and has brought a great attitude to work each day. He is highly competitive and very passionate about football. He knows where he needs to get better and is willing to do the work. He’s a down to earth guy, a blue collar guy and he just wants to be the best he can be.”
“It’s nice to get the contract done as we head into the final part of minicamp and prepare for training camp,” Bortles said. “I can’t thank Shad Khan, David Caldwell and Gus Bradley enough for the opportunity they have presented me. My focus is solely on getting better each and every day and learning from Jedd (Fisch), Frank (Scelfo), Chad (Henne) and the other quarterbacks. It’s a great learning environment to get better and improve as a player.”
Drafted third overall, Bortles was one of the few remaining unsigned first-round draft picks. That includes Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert, Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and New England Patriots defensive tackle Dominique Easley.
Bortles isn't slated to start as a rookie with the Jaguars having said that Chad Henne will startt while Bortles learns behind him.
Bortles passed for 3,581 yards and 25 touchdowns last season for Central Florida. He was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun