(ABC)–If Kirk Cousins leaves the Redskins this offseason, it’s possible that the Jacksonville Jaguars may no longer be an option for him.
The Jaguars picked up the fifth-year option on Bortles’ rookie deal for the 2018 season last May, a decision team owner Shad Khan double downed on Thursday.
“Maybe we’re not the biggest idiot on the football block,” Khan told reporters. “When his option was picked up, it was like, ‘What are these guys smoking?’ You’ve got to stay the course, but yet you have to have the agility and the flexibility. You have to have both.”
Bortles has been largely inconsistent through the first four seasons of his career, though the Jaguars are set to make their first postseason appearance since 2007 on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Bortles threw for 3,687 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions with a 60.2 completion percentage during the regular season for the 10-6 Jaguars, who also won their division for the first time since 1999.
“The other thing with Blake is he’s really a nice guy,” Khan said. … He’s from the area, he’s a nice guy, he’s talented, he’s stayed healthy. He’s not a China doll. We are invested. We want him to be successful.”
The Jaguars have been mentioned as one of the top possible destinations for Cousins should he choose to leave the Redskins to play elsewhere. Other possibilities include the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals, among possibly others.
Cousins has played under the franchise tag for the Redskins the past two seasons after the parties failed to reach a long-term deal.
Cousins threw for 4,093 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions with a 64.3 completion percentage this season.
The Redskins finished the 2017 season 7-9, missing the playoffs for the second straight season.