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Bortles focused on fixing mechanics, not option

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3/20/2017 9:31:41 AM
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Quarterback Blake Bortles has spent the past two months working on his mechanics with his throwing coaches at 3DQB in California, not worrying about whether the Jacksonville Jaguars want him around in 2018, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

That doesn't mean Bortles is ignoring the fact that the 2017 season is make-or-break for him in Jacksonville. He said he's just not worrying about it.

"It's huge," Bortles said Sunday before his second annual Blake Bortles Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament at The King & Bear at the World Golf Village. "It's as big as however you want it to be, but regardless we've got to be here on April 10th [for offseason conditioning] and we've got to show up for camp in August and eventually they're going to start playing football games, so I think all that's stuff's irrelevant.

"I'm confident with what I've done this offseason and that I'll be able to come help this team be as good as we possibly can be. Everything involving the contract, that's up to them. I look forward to playing football."

The Jaguars have until May 3 to decide if they will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option. If they do, his 2018 salary would be the average of the top 10 highest-paid quarterbacks: approximately $20.7 million. It is guaranteed for injury only until the first day of the 2018 league year, when it becomes fully guaranteed.

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