Blake Bortles continues to enjoy the greateness of being a future NFL quarterback.
God-given athletic talent – check.
A smoking hot girlfriend – check.
A signed NFL contract for $20.6 million – check.
Football Nation has learned the Jacksonville Jaguars and Bortles agreed early Wednesday morning to a four-year deal before the team began the second day of mandatory mini-camp.
“It’s awesome to be able to kind of put this in the past. It’s a once in a lifetime thing, signing your first contract. It’s a cool feeling," said Bortles.
Bortles, the first quarterback taken in the NFL draft, has signed a four-year contract worth more than $20.6 million, according to the Associated Press. The deal is believed to be fully guaranteed.
Bortles gets a signing bonus of $13.3 million. The Jaguars get a team option for a fifth year, according to the Associated Press.
Bortles was a “surprise” pick by the Jaguars with the third overall selection in last month’s NFL Draft. He has been the focal point of the media in all of the practices and scrimmages the team has had so far at the practice facility at EverBank Field. While he is being counted on to be the new face of the franchise, Bortles is not expected to play this season. It is the intention of team head coach Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to have Bortles sit a year and learn the system before rushing him onto the playing field.
Such an issue like this is one of the reasons former first round pick Blaine Gabbert failed in three seasons with the team.
The signing of Bortles means the only two rookie players without contracts are second round receivers Marquis Lee and Allen Robinson.
Bortles inking a deal comes just one day before the Jaguars’ 2014 three-day mandatory minicamp wraps up.