Blake Bortles Headshot

The Jaguars may not pick up the fifth-year option on Bortles' rookie contract, The Florida Times-Union reports.

Added Yesterday 10:21 am (EST)
After taking a big step back from his breakout 2015 campaign last season, Bortles is essentially preparing for a make-or-break year in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract. As a top-10 selection -- No. 3 overall in 2014 -- Bortles would have a fifth-year option equal to the average of the 10 highest-paid players at his position. The figure likely would fall somewhere in the range of $20-25 million, which is a lot to pay for a quarterback who completed only 58.9 percent of his passes for 6.3 yards per attempt last season. The Jaguars don't need to decide on the option until shortly after the draft, and even if they decline it and Bortles then enjoys a strong season, the team can use its franchise tag to prevent him from signing elsewhere next offseason. The Franchise tag would be similar to the fifth-year option in terms of salary, but using the tag on Bortles would prevent the Jaguars from using it on another player from their impressive 2014 draft class -- a group that includes WRs Allen Robinson and Marquise Lee, LB Telvin Smith and CB Aaron Colvin.
Tony Romo Headshot

Romo may be mulling offers to retire and take up a broadcasting career, Vince Langford of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Added 03/25/17 10:13 am (EST)
Both FOX and CBS are said to be interested in having Romo become an analyst and, with his football future still in limbo while he remains property of the Cowboys, a less physically demanding job might be appealing for the 37-year-old. The Texans remain the most likely destination for Romo if he does keep playing, but for the moment the Dallas and Houston front offices are locked in a game of chicken, with Jerry Jones unwilling to part with his long-time QB without some sort of compensation. If neither team blinks soon, Romo may take the decision out of their hands.
Jonathan Stewart Headshot

The Panthers signed Stewart to a one-year extension through 2018, the team's official website reports.

Added 03/24/17 9:32 am (EST)
Previously entering the final season of a five-year, $36.5 million contract he signed in 2012, the 30-year-old running back was scheduled for a 2017 cap hit of $8.25 million. The extension likely redistributes some of that charge to 2018, ending any speculation about the possibility Stewart could be released. He had 218 carries for 824 yards (3.8 YPC) and nine touchdowns in 13 games last season, missing at least three contests for a fifth consecutive year. The Panthers could still select a running back early in the upcoming draft, as Stewart's age and injury history are cause for concern, while backfield mates Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker both profile as complementary pieces.
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