Houston Texans free-Agent quarterback Tom Savage is headed to the Jaguars, league sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
The Texans have a $10.5 million option on Savage’s contract.
The team’s option for 2019 will become fully guaranteed when the season starts.
The Jaguars could then decide to match that amount or, if they’re willing to match the Texans, they could give Savage a contract.
They can match the Houston Texans option for $8.5 percent of the player’s base salary, or $3.9 million in 2019 and $4.1 million in 2020.
This would make Savage the highest-paid player in the league for 2019 and 2020.
If the Jaguars match the option, they would have the right to match any other offer.
Savage’s base contract would be $8,000,000 per year for 2019, $9,500,000 in 2020 and $10,000 a year in 2021.
If they match, Savage would be making $16,948,898 per year, or more than $4 million a year.
The most they would pay him in 2021 is $2.7 million, which is almost $2 million more than they would make in 2018.
Savage would earn $4,879,621 in 2019.
Savage is expected to earn a starting job if he plays well.
The decision to sign Savage, who has had a tough time with injuries, comes after the Texans announced they would be releasing veteran quarterback Jake Locker.
Locker was the team’s top backup quarterback the past two seasons, and Houston was expected to be in the hunt to keep him.
After his trade from Tampa Bay in January, the Texans were looking for a new starting quarterback.
It appears the Texans have found one.
Savage was the highest paid starter last season, but he was under contract through 2021.
He is currently $5.5 and will be paid $8 million this season and $8 and $9 million for 2019.
Lockser, who made $9.9M this year, was the No. 1 backup quarterback for the Texans through 2020, but that was before Locker started.
The Houston Texans also signed free agent quarterback Justin Tucker and are expected to sign free agent running back David Johnson, who was expected as the top running back in free agency.
The addition of Savage and the Jaguars would allow Houston to make a splash free agency and the draft.
Savage, 28, has had injuries in the past and has been inconsistent this season.
In 2017, he was injured in the second half of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2018, he had knee surgery.
He has not been in uniform since training camp.
Savage made $4M in 2018, but the Texans are looking to keep the money they’re paying him.
The NFL is set to pay the Texans $20 million this year.