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Blake Bortles agrees to deal with Rams

Blake Bortles, Rams

Blake Bortles has a new home. The Los Angeles Rams are signing Bortles to be their new backup quarterback, according to Jeff Darlington of ESPN. Per Darlington, the Rams and Bortles are “finalizing” the deal right now.

The Rams hosted Bortles for a visit earlier today, and apparently liked what they saw. With Bortles now in the fold, it means that Sean Mannion won’t return to the Rams. Mannion, the team’s third-round pick out of Oregon State back in 2015, has been their backup the past four seasons. Mannion is now an unrestricted free agent and isn’t going to be brought back.

Mannion never looked good during the preseason, and the Rams flirted with replacing him with Brandon Allen last offseason. Backup quarterback had always been a weakness for the Rams, and they’re making a splashy move to address it now. Bortles never lived up to his draft status and as such has been criticized and ridiculed relentlessly, but he’s still a very solid backup to have.

The third overall pick out of Central Florida back in 2014, Bortles spent the first five years of his career with the Jaguars. He led Jacksonville to the AFC Championship Game two years ago, and almost took them to the Super Bowl. That run led the Jags to give him a three-year $54 million extension, but he made it just one year into that pact.

When the Jaguars signed Nick Foles at the start of free agency, they immediately cut Bortles. Bortles showed flashes at various times throughout the years but was never able to obtain any level of consistency. He regressed hard last season and was even benched for Cody Kessler at one point.

He’s still doing fine financially though, as the Jaguars owe him $6.5 million in guaranteed money for the 2019 season. If Goff were to go down with an injury now, they’re in much better hands with Bortles than they would’ve been with Mannion.