Blake Bortles Retired

After leading the Jaguars to the AFC title game and nearly upsetting the Patriots, quarterback Blake Bortles showed signs in 2017 that he might be able to live up to his status as a former No. 3 NFL draft pick. Bortles’ time in the NFL appears to be gone after brief backup stints with the Rams, Broncos, Packers, and Saints and a subsequent downturn in Jacksonville the following year.

A month ago, the UCF legend retired with little fanfare but just made headlines when he went on the Pardon My Take podcast to reveal his decision. Since the Saints dismissed him back in April, Bortles has been without a team.

After being asked if he was prepared to sign with a team if the opportunity arose, Bortles responded, “I have not touched a football since January.” “I retired, perhaps two months ago, discreetly, without telling anyone. The only reason you guys are the first to hear publicly is that I didn’t tell anyone.

Blake Bortles

Bortles has stated that he would sign a two-year, $15 million contract in a heartbeat if the offer came from a team. Through his first eight NFL seasons, Bortles played in 78 games and started 73 of them for the Jacksonville Jaguars. His final game was played in 2019 for the Rams.

With a final completion percentage of 59.3, he threw for 17,649 yards, scored 103 touchdowns against 75 interceptions, and added 1,766 running yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Bortles was a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection in 2013 and a two-time all-conference selection while at UCF. He also won the award for a best offensive player in the league that year.

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Bortles only played three plays in a blowout victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7. The game was already out of hand by that moment. Jalen Ramsey, a former colleague of Bortles’s in Jacksonville, was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for a pair of first-round picks in 2020 and a fourth-round pick in 2021 five days earlier.

On third down with two yards to go in a defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10, Bortles saw action for the sole play. Bortles made his third and final regular-season appearance in week 13’s rout of the Arizona Cardinals. On a seven-play drive, Bortles got his first pass of the year completed.

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