The Seattle Seahawks are in a bit of a nightmare scenario right now.
Not only is the team sitting at 2-3 in perhaps the toughest division in football, but they will be without Russell Wilson for a minimum of a month.
That leaves Geno Smith as the likely starter for their Week 6 matchup this Sunday night in Pittsburgh.
But the Seahawks are clearly considering all options and have brought in a familiar name for a workout.
With Russell Wilson out, the Seahawks are reportedly taking a look at Blake Bortles. 👀 pic.twitter.com/EtoeiniRAS
— theScore (@theScore) October 12, 2021
That’s right, Blake Bortles has resurfaced and is looking to latch on out in Seattle.
He would likely show up as Smith’s backup, however, if he gets the job then there is no reason why they can’t see what he can do on the field.
A Short-Term Option
The Seahawks are clearly hoping Wilson can return on the shorter end of his injury timeline.
The goal between now and his return is to hover around the .500 mark at a minimum.
Having two quarterbacks with starting experience in Smith and Bortles doesn’t hurt.
Ultimately, neither would be a long-term option unless Wilson suffers any unexpected setbacks.
Seeking A Second Act
Bortles was the No. 3 overall pick in 2014 and was once seen as the franchise guy for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He nearly helped the team reach the Super Bowl, but was released before the 2019 season when the team decided to take a chance on Nick Foles.
Now the process in Jacksonville has restarted with Trevor Lawrence under center.
Bortles left Jacksonville and joined the Los Angeles Rams in 2019, only to appear in extremely limited action.
2020 saw him split time between Los Angeles and Denver, but he never took a snap in a game.
The fact Bortles is even getting a workout proves he is on the radar of NFL teams at the moment.
He is still only 29 years old and there is no reason why he cannot latch on somewhere as a depth option.
The former top pick has 73 NFL starts under his belt and that alone is a huge benefit to any quarterback room.
We shall wait and see if Seattle gives him a chance to start his second act in the NFL.