Sunday afternoon, Jacksonville’s 25-year old quarterback Blake Bortles played his heart out in the AFC Championship game.
Against the mighty Tom Brady, Bortles out-played New England’s offense for three quarters, finishing the game with 293 yards, a passing touchdown, zero interceptions and a 98.5 QB rating. He came up just four points shy in the conference championship game.
Now the question that remains: was this Bortles’ one and only shot at a Super Bowl title?
He’s still young, at age 25, but his future with the Jaguars is now up in the air despite his 10-win season and conference championship appearance.
Next year will be his final year under contract, as he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019. Not to mention, Andrew Luck and Deshaun Watson will both be back in action next year, meaning Jacksonville’s path to a division title will be more difficult. Especially given Marcus Mariota and his Titans don’t plan on going anywhere, either.
A few of Jacksonville’s defensive players will likely be looking for a big pay day after the season the D had, meaning this entire defensive crew may not be able to stay together for 2018 and beyond.
So, yes, Jacksonville fans, this was probably Bortles’ best shot at a title. I just can’t see him staying in Jacksonville past next season.
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