That’s a steep fall from grace from his once-promising career.
In 2015, the play-caller from the University of Central Florida finished the season with 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Yet even with those numbers, the team finished 5-11.
The Jaguars made it to the AFC Championship Game two years later but lost to the New England Patriots.
Despite that high point in his career, his numbers dwindled after finishing with 3,687 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Last season, Bortles suited up for the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints but did not see action.
However, he will have to continue his career elsewhere after the Saints released him.
Blake Bortles asked for and will receive his release from the Saints today after their signing of Andy Dalton, per league source. At the age of 29, with 73 starts and 103 TD passes on his resume, Bortles is looking for a better opportunity to be a No. 2 quarterback elsewhere.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 5, 2022
ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted, “Blake Bortles asked for and will receive his release from the Saints today after their signing of Andy Dalton, per league source.”
Will There Be Interest For Bortles?
His days as an NFL starter are over.
Yet even as a number two quarterback, it’s hard to see him getting some interest.
As of writing, the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks are the only teams that might be looking for a starting quarterback.
However, it doesn’t mean that they don’t have good backups.
Realistically, Bortles’ best opportunity is to become the number three quarterback.
Some teams might sign him to solidify their depth chart under center.
In terms of playing time, the team is better off not seeing him take snaps in a meaningful game.