Blake Bortles has spent the last two months working on his mechanics at 3DQB in California instead of worrying about whether the Jacksonville Jaguars view him as their quarterback long-term.
The Jaguars have until May 3 to decide if they will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option, which would carry a 2018 salary north of $20 million. It is guaranteed for injury only until the first day of the 2018 league year, when it becomes fully guaranteed.
"It's huge," Bortles said. "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."
Dave Caldwell said the team still has work to do in evaluating Bortles before making that kind of commitment.