UPDATE: Blake Bortles signs with Green Bay Packers
Packers bring in former Jaguars, Rams Quarterback
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers confirm they’ve signed veteran quarterback Blake Bortles.
The Packers did not disclose the terms, but it’s a one-year deal according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
The Packers only had two quarterbacks on their roster: Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love. The addition of Bortles brings in a quarterback for the team’s offseason on-field workouts. Rodgers’ former backup Tim Boyle signed a deal this off-season with the Detroit Lions.
Following the 2021 NFL Draft, Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur and General Manager Brian Gutekunst said the team planned on adding another quarterback.
“We’ll add a third arm and maybe a fourth arm as we go through,” Gutekunst said. “We’ve had some conversations before the draft with some veterans and then there’s some rookie guys we’re looking at, as well. So, but yeah, we would never go into camp with two. We’ll at least have three and possibly four.”
Rodgers is not expected to join the team for voluntary workouts which start May 24.
Bortles has familiarity with Packers Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as the two spent time in Jacksonville together. Last season he spent time on the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams after five seasons with the Jaguars.
The Packers noted Bortles started 73 of the 78 games he’s played in, including all three post-season games, and has a passer rating of 80.6 -- it goes up to 91.0 in those three post-season games. Bortles hasn’t started a game since 2018.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported earlier this week, the Packers plan on bringing in quarterback Chad Kelly and Kurt Benkert for a tryout during this weekend’s rookie minicamp.
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