The Green Bay Packers are expected to sign veteran quarterback Blake Bortles to a one-year contract. The deal was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Shefter on Wednesday.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said on draft weekend that the Packers would be looking to add a veteran quarterback and possibly another rookie quarterback to fill out the roster at the position. Heading into this week, the Packers had just two quarterbacks on their roster with Aaron Rodgers and 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love.
Bortles was the third pick in the 2014 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was the quarterbacks coach and eventually the offensive coordinator for Bortles from 2015 to 2018. They reached the AFC Championship Game after the 2017 season.
Bortles last played in 2019 with the Los Angeles Rams and spent time with the Rams and Broncos as a backup last season.
In 73 career starts, Bortles has a 24-49 record with 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions.
To date, Aaron Rodgers hasn’t participated in the Packers offseason program. They’ll start OTA’s on May 24 with the team’s mandatory minicamp scheduled for June 8-10.