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Jaguars lose QB Chad Henne to free agency, now what?

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The Jaguars have made their commitment to Blake Bortles for 2019. Now, they have to figure out what to do with his backup? Veteran Chad Henne, who could have become the starter at the beginning of last season, but did not, has departed via free agency:

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network had the scoop Friday afternoon:

Henne had been the primary clipboard holder behind Bortles during his career. He does have previous starting experience of 55 games with the Jags and previously, the Dolphins. And, now that the Chiefs are happy to have him help the development of Patrick Mahomes, the Jags have to ask: what do we do?

The backup QB market has already rapidly shuffled this week. The Bucs brought back Ryan Fitzpatrick before free agency, the Jets did likewise and re-signed veteran Josh McCown. Former Bears and Bucs QB Mike Glennon inked in Arizona and former Saints backup Chase Daniel replaced Glennon in Chicago.

The Broncos dealt Trevor Siemian to the Vikings this week to backup new signee Kirk Cousins.

And of course, Philly is trying to figure out what to do with QB Nick Foles, who won the Super Bowl, but is expected to go sit behind Carson Wentz, when his ACL is fully healed at the start of the season.

There is also former Dolphins backup Matt Moore, who is apparently not in Miami’s future plans. He was able to win three key games at the end of the 2016 regular season to help the Fins make the playoffs, but he has been allowed to walk as a free agent at this point.

And then, there’s the draft.

Jacksonville is slated to pick 29th and most of the top QBs will be gone in the top 15, if not the top 10. However, it’s a deep draft and guys like Lamar Jackson of Louisville, Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State, and several others would be there late first and in the second round and beyond.

The wild part of all of this is that last August, when Bortles played poorly in training camp and the first two preseason games, Henne had a chance to replace him as the Jaguars starter.

However, he was not very effective in preseason game three and eventually, Jacksonville went with Bortles.

Bortles was obviously solid and at times very good during the AFC South Division winning run. And, he was really good in both the playoff win over Pittsburgh and the narrow loss to New England in the AFC Championship game.

Still, he had wrist surgery in January and whether it’s injury or if his play becomes ineffective again, the Jags have to have a backup.

Literally.

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