As last year’s No. 3 overall pick, Blake Bortles signed a four-year pact that will pay him a guaranteed $20,654,796 million.
But that isn’t enough for the Jaguars’ quarterback. He desires nine figures.
“$100 million is always exciting,” Bortles said, per Jacksonville.com. “Those guys all earn it. They’re great quarterbacks and they get paid what they deserve.”
“That’s the goal. I try and get better each and every day and why not make a career out of this, not a job? I want to be here long term and do as much as I can to make this team better and have a blast doing it.”
The most recent addition to the $100M QB club is Cam Newton, who last week inked a five-year, $103.8 million extension. Newton, one of the NFL’s most unique dual threats, arguably earned the payday, having led the Panthers to back-to-back division titles.
Obviously, Bortles, with just one season under his belt, isn’t as up to snuff. He was consistently inconsistent during his rookie campaign, notching just three wins in 14 starts. He tossed 17 interceptions and, more often than not, displayed poor mechanics and pocket presence.
Jacksonville wisely upgraded Bortles’ supporting cast, adding two bonafide starters — tight end Julius Thomas and rookie running back T.J. Yeldon. Bortles reportedly also improved his footwork and throwing motion this offseason.
All things considered, Bortles, 23, is in a better position to succeed than he was a year ago. But he has a long ways to go before his contractual wants are met with anything other than a laugh.