The ongoing saga of Blake Bortles’ status with the Jacksonville Jaguars is continuing, at least for now. That’s because Jacksonville hasn’t officially decided to get rid of their embattled veteran quarterback, yet.
And the key word is the last one in that sentence.
On Wednesday afternoon, Jaguars VP of football, Tom Coughlin, appeared on local radio in Jacksonville to talk on several subjects including his quarterback situation.
Joining ESPN 690 and their hosts Brent Martineau and Austen Lane, Coughlin gave a short response regarding the man, who’s been there starter the last five Seasons:
Lots of chatter on @ESPN690Jax about Coughlin's comments about Blake Bortles and the changes coming to the #Jaguars this season. @BrentASJax @A_Train_92 #duuuval Hear what we are talking about below or on the podcast: https://t.co/hXxEe9wWnx
— 𝕁𝕦𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕟🎤 (@JustinCOnTheAir) February 20, 2019
The “for now” part is because, the Jaguars decided the second half of last season to bench Bortles and play backup Cody Kessler instead. And while their offense was still no better, Coach Doug Marrone. either on his own or at the instruction of Coughlin, refused to go back to Bortles until Kessler was injured and unable to play in the Jaguar surprising week 16 win at Miami.
Clearly, Jacksonville will look to move on, even though Bortles still counts $20 million towards their cap for this season. Now, the Jaguars can designate Bortles as a “post-June 1st release” and get half of his dead salary pushed onto their 2020 cap. And, that’s likely what will happen.
Further, the bottom line is: Jacksonville be in the market for a veteran quarterback either through free agency and or a possible trade. One such trade is the Ravens dealing their former starter and Super Bowl wining QB Joe Flacco to the Broncos. He was thought to be a possibility in North Florida.
There is also a belief that the Jags will make a play for Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles. Jacksonville did hire former Philadelphia quarterback coach John DeFilippo, as there offensive coordinator. Right now, it’s unclear whether the Eagles will put a “Franchise Tag” on Foles which makes him more expensive to trade for for a team like the Jags or anyone else.
And it’s clear, no matter the politically correct answers that they are giving publicly the “anyone else” applies to Bortles, too.
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