Two years in a row, general manager Brian Gutekunst has added a first-round quarterback to the roster. According to multiple reports, the Packers are signing 29-year old veteran quarterback Blake Bortles.
Updated: Packers are signing veteran QB Blake Bortles today, per source. https://t.co/lGZjtDhfE6
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 12, 2021
The former 3rd overall pick in the 2014 draft, Bortles spent time on the Broncos and Rams practice squad last season. Before then, his last live action came as Jared Goff’s backup with the Los Angeles Rams in 2019, during which he only attempted two passes in a few garbage time appearances. Those seasons are a marked difference from Bortles first 5 years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, particularly the 2017 season when he led the team to the AFC Championship game.
It’s not the most surprising move for Gutekunst to add another quarterback with Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love as the only quarterbacks on the roster, and while the current situation with the league MVP may have some baring on the decision, there’s most likely not much to read into here. Bortles has connections with current Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett – his quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator – and brings veteran experience and depth to the position group.
Still, any moves that doesn’t directly result in Aaron Rodgers being guaranteed as the starter for at least next season will result in plenty of scuttlebutt around the league.