Draft picks signing contracts nowadays warrants little attention, but all of that is thrown out the window when a quarterback is involved. General manager David Caldwell made Blake Bortles out of Central Florida the first quarterback selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, and Wednesday morning Bortles signed his contract with the team.
— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) June 18, 2014
All of the terms for the contract are not available yet, but there shouldn’t be any surprises given the construction of the rookie wage scale in the collective bargaining agreement.
Source: Blake Bortles' contract fully guaranteed — $20,654,796. #Jaguars
— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) June 18, 2014
David Caldwell shocked the draft world when he made Bortles the pick at number 3, but since then we have learned of Caldwell’s admiration for the signal-caller. Bortles has a lot the tools one looks for in a franchise quarterback, but he still has to develop mentally and work on some mechanical issues. Caldwell and his staff have been adamant and forthright about their intention to let Bortles sit until he’s ready, and ideally they would like Bortles to spend all of 2014 on the bench while Chad Henne handles the offense. In this day and age it is difficult to keep rookie quarterbacks on the bench, especially when the starter isn’t a proven commodity, but it will be interesting to see how the situation plays out as the season progresses.
The Jaguars still have to sign their 2 second round picks – receivers Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee – but those deals should get done fairly soon and without any hiccups.
- Daniel Lago