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Former Jaguars QB Blake Bortles signs with Rams

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It didn’t take long for beleaguered former Jaguar starting quarterback Blake Bortles to find a home with a new team. And in the end, he may be benefiting in multiple ways from where he signed Monday night.

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington was the first to report Bortles will be heading west to the NFC defending Champion L.A. Rams on a one-year deal:

Bortles was released last Wednesday by the team that drafted him in the top five in 2014, the Jaguars.

After five up and down seasons that culminated with him being benched in the middle of 2018 in favor of Cody Kessler, the handwriting was obviously on the wall for Bortles in North Florida. VP of football, Tom Coughlin, and Coach Doug Marrone wanted an upgrade to help their team recapture its playoff format 2017.

So, with it all but a foregone conclusion that Bortles would be released, the Jaguars hired former Eagles quarterback coach John Defilippo as their offensive coordinator in part, to help lure former Philadelphia Super Bowl hero Nick Foles to Jacksonville. The Jaguars succeeded by agreeing with Foles last week on a massive four year contract to make him their starter. And, it simultaneously made Bortles officially expendable.

Back to the Rams. In their situation, coach Sean McVay is known as a “quarterback guru,” and if anybody can help rehabilitate Bortles NFL chances, as he learns behind Jared Goff, it will be McVay.

There were apparently a couple of other suitors who have been talking to Bortles this weekend before he decided on Los Angeles:

Bortles will obviously be taking a significant pay cut from the $20 million that he made in 2018 in Jacksonville. However, he will likely take that trade-off for the chance to learn under McVay’s tutelage, watch Goff prepare and succeed, and also, potentially be available in an emergency or injury situation to replace him.

Then, Bortles will be a free agent again this time next year, and potentially improved.

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