The fifth-year option further complicates Bortles’s chances at potentially winning his job back. That $19 million is guaranteed for injury only, meaning the Jags are only on the hook to pay it if Bortles gets hurt so badly this season that he can’t pass a physical next offseason. That’s a relatively small risk that any team is willing to take if they believe a player still has some potential to offer, but if Bortles’s value has effectively been zeroed out before the season even starts, it’s not impossible to imagine the Jags taking the financially safe route and planting him on the bench for 17 weeks before cutting him next summer. (If they cut him this year it will cost them about $ million in dead money .) Having him locked into that big of a salary for 2018 also makes him almost impossible to trade, as not many teams are in a position to take a flyer on a reclamation project who will cost $19 million.