Rams To Host Blake Bortles

The Rams will meet with quarterback Blake Bortles on Monday, according to Mike Silver of NFL.com (Twitter link).

Bortles, if signed by Los Angeles, would certainly test the theory that Rams head coach Sean McVay can make any quarterback successful. Current Jared Goff backup Sean Mannion is unrestricted free agent, so the club is in need of a new No. 2. Bortles, who was released earlier this week after the Jaguars signed Nick Foles, could fit the bill.

The third overall selection in the 2014 draft, Bortles hasn’t come close to living up to his draft status. Since Bortles entered the NFL, 17 quarterbacks have attempted at least 2,000 passes: among those signal-callers, Bortles ranks dead last in adjusted net yards per attempt, quarterback rating, and interception rate, and is second-to-last in touchdown rate.

Given his track record, Bortles should come relatively cheap. The Jaguars, though, are surely hoping he earns significant backup money with his next club. Bortles still had guaranteed salary remaining on his Jacksonville deal, but thanks to offset language, the Jags will receive a cap credit equal to the amount of Bortles’ next base salary (up to $6.5MM).

Bortles has never worked with McVay, but the two do have a tangential connection. Greg Olson was Bortles’ Jacksonville offensive coordinator from 2015-16 before taking over as the Rams’ quarterbacks coach under McVay in 2017. Olson left for Oakland after one year in Los Angeles, but it’s fair to assume he’s given McVay a Bortles scouting report.

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    • vegasloveforthebills

      Does he hose Jax and take league minimum so their cap credit is minuscule?????

      • I doubt he takes the veteran’s minimum. He’ll probably get a under $3m with the chance to earn more via incentives. Bortles is bad but I’m sure there is some QB coach/offensive head coach that could think they could fix Bortles’ problems.

  1. Phattey

    The rams obviously want an upgrade over Goff Blake Bortles is about to win them that Super Bowl

  2. highplainsdriftr

    Don’t the Dolphins have to sign him? UCF, Jacksonville, and I think I’m currently #2 on the Dolphins QB depth chart

  3. braveshomer

    love it (partly cause I like the cigarettes video he posted lol)…Bortles was blamed for everything and maybe some what rightfully so. But hmmm he’s had Gus Bradley and Doug Marrone as his head coaches….I’d bet Mcvay will get more way out of Bortles than those 2 ever would

  4. padam

    I would think more teams would be interested in him as a solid backup, but of course he’s going to look for the best opportunity to crack a starting role. Dolphins, Giants come to mind for starting, but he’d be great insurance in Philly or LA (either team) as a backup.

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