The Green Bay Packers have signed QB Blake Bortles. General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced the transaction Thursday.
Bortles, a 6-foot-5, 236-pound seventh-year player, was originally selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round (No. 3 overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University of Central Florida. After five seasons with the Jaguars (2014-18), he spent the 2019 season with the Los Angeles Rams and in 2020 he spent some time on the active roster and practice squad of the Denver Broncos before re-joining the Rams prior to Week 17. Bortles is one of four players (Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Jeff Garcia) in NFL history to throw for at least 15,000 yards and rush for at least 1,500 yards in their first five NFL seasons. He ranks No. 2 in Jaguars history in career passing yards (17,646), pass attempts (2,632), pass completions (1,561) and passing touchdowns (103), and was the first player in team history to have multiple games with four-plus passing touchdowns (five games).
For his career, Bortles has played in 78 games with 73 starts, completing 1,562 of 2,634 passing attempts for 17,649 yards (6.7 avg.) with 103 TDs, 75 interceptions and a passer rating of 80.6. He has also posted 1,766 rushing yards on 283 carries (6.2 avg.) with eight TDs. Bortles has started all three postseason games he has played in and has a passer rating of 91.0 after completing 49 of 85 passes (57.6 pct.) for 594 yards, three TDs and zero INTs. In the postseason, he has also racked up 121 yards on 17 carries (7.1 avg.).