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Report: Blake Bortles To Sign 3-Year, $54 Million Extension With Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars standing in the tunnel waiting to walk onto the field.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: #88 Allen Hurns of Jacksonville Jaguars waits to go onto the pitch during the NFL game between Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Blake Bortles shocked the football world by leading the Jacksonville Jaguars to the AFC title game. Now, he's getting paid.

A year ago, it was unclear if Bortles would even by the Jags' starting quarterback again. Doug Marrone took over as full-time head coach, with Tom Coughlin rejoining the franchise as vice president of football operations.

The former UCF star has struggled with interceptions throughout his career, and in 2015-16, compiled numbers during garbage time. It really didn't seem certain that he would be a starting quarterback for long.

This fall, Marrone and company worked to limit the things Bortles struggles with, and put him in a position to succeed. It also drafted Leonard Fournette out of LSU, and geared the offense around the rushing attack.

Bortles was much more effective in the new offense. He finished the year with career highs in completion percentage (60.2), improved his yards per attempt from 6.25 to 7.05, and had a career low in interceptions with 13. Bortles threw for 3,687 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Aided by that running game and an elite defense, Bortles and the Jags made a run all the way to the AFC Championship Game. In three playoff games, he threw for 584 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions, and played one of the best games of his career in the conference title game loss to the New England Patriots.

The jury is still somewhat out on Blake Bortles, but the Jaguars have elected to extend him through 2020.

ESPN's Josina Anderson was the first to report that the two sides were working on a deal. She had it about an hour ago.

Adam Schefter then came through with the contract details. Bortles will get a base of $54 million for three years. The ever important guaranteed money is set at $26.5 million. Bortles has a chance to make an additional $12.5 million in incentives.

It's a huge deal for a guy like Bortles, who is definitely not an elite player at his position. Still, the market for QBs is huge, and the Jaguars don't completely handicap their salary cap situation by going after a guy like Kirk Cousins who may demand almost double the amount that Bortles is getting.