Quarterback Blake Bortles, the third-overall pick in last month's NFL Draft, is the latest player to sign a contract. The Jaguars announced the move on Twitter Wednesday morning:
Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) June 18, 2014
“It's awesome,” Bortles said, according to the team's website. “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. ...
"It's definitely special,” Bortles continued. “Me and (Jaguars director of public relations) Ryan (Robinson) were walking over here talking about it. This is a day you remember the rest of your life, the day you sign your first contract. It's definitely something that's cool. As soon as they called my name (in the draft), I was in. It was (done). But to officially get it done is definitely an awesome feeling.”
"We'd like to give Chad this whole year and go with Chad this year," Caldwell said. "Blake's got some development to do. We're going to be getting him ready, so come 2015 he's ready to compete for that spot."
CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco thinks Bortles should play sooner rather than later. "There is an argument to be made against playing the rookie, which is that his mental state could be impacted if he plays early and plays poorly," Prisco wrote this week. "If that's the case, you drafted the wrong guy."
With Bortles under contract, cornerback Justin Gilbert, the Browns' No. 8 pick, is now the highest draft selection that remains unsigned.