The Jaguars release Blake Bortles

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Nick Foles is in and, as expected, Blake Bortles is out.

One year after signing quarterback Blake Bortles to a three-year, $54 million deal, the Jaguars have cut the third overall pick in the 2014 draft.

The team has announced the move. Per a league source, it came without the post-June 1 designation. That will result in a cap charge of $16.5 million this year. With $6.5 million in guaranteed money owed to Bortles, the Jaguars will receive a credit next year for any money that he earns elsewhere in 2019.

Bortles received a $15 million signing bonus last year, only $5 million of which has previously hit the cap. He also received a $5 million base salary for 2018.

87 responses to “The Jaguars release Blake Bortles

  1. Fantastic “everyman” type of dude that could never quite put it together at this level. He will always have fans in Jacksonville.

  2. Good luck, Bortles!

    He was an all around good guy who took unnecessary amounts of criticism from the national media. Jags fans will always have 2017 with Bortles beating the Steelers twice on the road in one season, making one helluva run in the playoffs and almost beating the Pats in the AFC Championship #MJWD

  3. Did somebody really say it was the “Joe Montana to Steve Young handoff?
    I get the Joe Montana reference, but how in the world could anybody compare Blake Bortles to Steve Young?
    Steve Young is a HOF player. No freaking way is BB a HOF player. And I have watched every NFL snap in BB’s career.
    Not even in the same stratosphere as Steve Young.

  4. The Raiders will sign him, will start over that 25 million per year bust Carr. Gruden is sto stupid, he will draft Murray and Bortles will be 2nd string, Carr 3rd string or cut.

  5. I don’t get it. The team ruined his confidence badly by not believing in him. Look how well he played in their one postseason run. You can’t perform like that and then be considered terrible. I wouldn’t be surprised if he puts it together on a team that believes in him. Maybe go to the giants and be elis successor.

  6. The crazy thing is that the Jags are taking a $16.5 million hit to the cap, the $10 million from the signing bonus plus his guaranteed base salary of $6.5 million – which will be paid in cash. So the cap hit if they kept Bortles would have been $11.5 with the cash outlay being the same $6.5 million and then the Jags could just cut hi next year with a $5 million cap hit of the unearned bonus. They actually increased the cap hit by $5 million to get him off the roster, rather than have him back Foles up. I guess they are trying to avoid any QB controversy if Foles falters out of the gate.

    I assume he’ll get “BACKUP” tattooed on his chest and sign somewhere for $2 million backup contract.

  7. @vancouversportsbro

    How did the Jaguars not believe in Bortles? They gave him $34M guaranteed on a new three year deal just 12 months ago. How is that not believing in him?

    Bortles did not deliver. He regressed. He folded to the pressure, and showed he could not elevate this team. The injuries were a factor, but he could have played so much better. He didn’t, though.
    But hey, he’s a multi-millionaire….

  8. billswillnevermove says:
    March 13, 2019 at 8:40 pm
    The Raiders will sign him, will start over that 25 million per year bust Carr. Gruden is sto stupid, he will draft Murray and Bortles will be 2nd string, Carr 3rd string or cut.
    —————————
    The Bills started Derek Anderson and Nathan Peterman for the first half of last season. That should say enough about the Bill’s decision makers.

  9. Dolphins should sign him asap instead of Teddy as he would not cost the Phins any FA compensatory pick as would Teddy.

  10. He’ll be signed as a #2 QB somewhere and will turn out to be one of the best #2’s in the League. Might find his way back to a starter. Has the ability if he can work with the right coach(s).

  11. All Bortles cared about was cashing his paycheck. He never got better and he didn’t even seem to care. Most of his numbers throughout his time with the Jags were after the game was already decided and the opposing team had their backups in and played prevent defense. It’d be interesting to see his stats when the game was still in doubt as opposed to when it was already over. My guess is his stats when the game was in doubt were absolutely terrible.

    He was pretty happy cashing his paycheck. He’s going to have a hard time getting anything but the league minimum now.

  12. He has no reason to even work again. He has millions, lives at the beach and has thousands of friends.

  13. vancouversportsbro says:
    March 13, 2019 at 8:42 pm
    I don’t get it. The team ruined his confidence badly by not believing in him.
    Where were you a year ago (following the playoff run) when the Jags FO rewarded Bortles a 3yr-54mill & 26.5 in guarantees?
    He’s not a qb of any system, he is what he is: not good enough! If he signs elsewhere and gets it going, great. I personally don’t wish him any ill-will.
    I admit, the Jags made their share of mistakes with Bortles, but he simply never lived up to his best style of qb play- a field-manager.
    On to Foles…

  14. His cap hit is on the Jags. They held all the cards and still gave him that contract. Good for Bortles for getting that kind of money for what he’s done on the field.

  15. Bortles is laughing all the way to the bank! One year they extend me, the next year they cut me! Jaquar ‘s front office needs a serious over haul!

  16. Everybody has been saying Blake sucks. Now he’s a FA everybody is screaming come to NW, come to Green Bay…ect. Blake has physical talent maybe with good coaching he could be serviceable. He won’t cost much. I’d take a shot if I was any GM in need of a backup.

  17. I wonder when teams are going to stop drafting QB’s in the first round. Only about 1 in 4 ever make it much further than decent backups. Remember the big debate 2013/14? who is going to be the next ELITE talent Bortles/Carr/Bridgewater lol

  18. Good grief! After reading some of these comments it is no wonder that Sam Bradford has made so much money: it isn’t just GMs who are fooled by 1st round draft busts! Blake Bortles was arguably the worst starting QB in the NFL and now you’re all slobbering that your team should sign him and championships! You people are crazy!

  19. 1phillyphan says:

    Everybody has been saying Blake sucks. Now he’s a FA everybody is screaming come to NW, come to Green Bay…ect. Blake has physical talent maybe with good coaching he could be serviceable. He won’t cost much. I’d take a shot if I was any GM in need of a backup.

    ================

    Can’t be worse than Hundley, I’d take him in GB as a back up, or even a starter if GB traded A-rod while he’s at the top of the market to build a real team. Gotta say though, he’s got the slowest release in the league, and I don’t blame the Jag’s for cutting their losses. GB would need one helluva O-line to make it work. We can prolly trade Rodgers for the best o-line in the league and then some. I’d even be down with bringing Brett back under those circumstances.

  20. hes a pretty good quarterback other than the fact that he has the most horrendous throwing mechanics. like its ugly and inconsistent and the ball comes out of his hand at bizarre schizoid angles unlike anyother qb in the nfl.

  21. Woooooo, I watched a game a few years back Titans vs Jags. Mariota and Blake had a shootout, Blake threw 5 TDs but the Jags STILL lost. And off the top of my head I don’t even know if DGB is even in the league still but he balled out that game. Who cares? I just wanted to throw Blake a bone regarding a good game I saw him play once a while back since I know 99 percent of the comments are gonna be about how garbage Bortles is. Gotta balance it out.

  22. vancouversportsbro says:
    March 13, 2019 at 8:42 pm
    I don’t get it. The team ruined his confidence badly by not believing in him. Look how well he played in their one postseason run. You can’t perform like that and then be considered terrible.


    He completed 57% of his passes, threw for 3 TD in 3 games and finished one game with a total of 87 passing yards.

  23. How can anyone judge bortles when he played for this team? Jaguars are a joke of a team should not even be allowed in nfl!!!owner is a joke!!!! It’s the system he will do great anywhere else!!!

  24. Jaguars have a history of drafting quarterbacks in the first round and then failing to develop them. Before Bortles, there was Blain Gabbert, who was traded to Frisco.

  25. Can’t fix tiny hands…equals inaccurate passes. Teddy B. has same problems throwing deep with accuracy.

  26. Great athlete, just not accurate enough to make the jump to the upper echelon of QB’s in the league.
    Add in that Jacksonville had to simplify an already run of the mill offensive attack for him there’s no way any team that runs a West Coast style offense ( Accuracy issues) or one that has complex wrinkles would be clamoring for him.

  27. Indeed I’d like to see the Patriots pick him up. But as the backup, not as a future starter. We need a bridge guy and I’d feel better with Hoyer at 3 instead of 2.

  28. Be careful, NE/GB fans, what you wish for. We have seen Blake (aka “Bleak”) drive the Jags time and again deep into the Red Zone after a turnover only to toss an inexplicable pass to a linebacker or off an OL helmet, you get the drift.

    Then there’s the endless 3 and outs which wear down the defense.

  29. How does the Jaguars GM still have a job? Signed Bortles to an extension based on who knows just to cut him the next year. Traded a fifth round pick for a running back you barely used then cut him at the end of the season. I mean I get Khan is busy with his Soccer and his new pro wrestling franchise but might want to check in on how terrible your American football team is currently being managed.

  30. Mr. Frosty- the thinking on the 2 GM blunders (done with VP Tom Coughlin’s approval, BTW) were that:
    1) Blake was decent in 2017, continuing on that level and building on it would make him an ideal QB for this defense-oriented team and provide the bridge to the new QB drafted during that time period and
    2) Carlos Hyde would take over for the injured Fournette (a stiff, BTW) as the team was a run-oriented offense (see Bortles, B), without a run game, they were dead.

    They were still in it when they picked up CH. It just didn’t Work out.

  31. superglider says:
    March 14, 2019 at 2:32 am
    vancouversportsbro says:
    March 13, 2019 at 8:42 pm
    I don’t get it. The team ruined his confidence badly by not believing in him. Look how well he played in their one postseason run. You can’t perform like that and then be considered terrible.


    He completed 57% of his passes, threw for 3 TD in 3 games and finished one game with a total of 87 passing yards.

    ——-

    1 TD per game is better than Teddy Bridgewater’s average over his two best seasons

  32. Bortles does deserve some of the blame…..but at times dude has played great.
    Run to playoffs 2 seasons ago he was on fire…and did kick Pats ass in reg season last year. Wheels fell off of team due to Oline/RB/andTE injuries last year plus they seem to be a dysfucntional organization.

    Hell get signed somewhere else..has tons of starting nfl experience. Maybe change of scenery will be good for him….was overdrafted to begin with in m opinion.

  33. The next Trent Dilfer. Tampa Bay Trent was a pick six machine, then won a Super Bowl with Baltimore. Bortles is still young enough to follow that career arc.

  34. Pats fans calling for Bortles is certainly unexpected. “Sure Pats, he’s yours” – Everyone

    The Jags dumping $54 Million on him in 2018 to then cut him in 2019 is definitely something the Jags would do. Following that up with shelling out $88 Million on a guy they could have signed off the street just 2 years ago is just as Jaggy.

    The magic of Philly Foles is going to be nearly impossible to carry over to Jax. For such a likable player, it’s tough to think that they are likely going to get something closer to Rams Foles than his magic in Philly.

  35. “I’m not a natural thrower of the football.” -actual quote from Blake Bortles

    Consider that all you who delusionally want your team to sign this man!

  36. He had one good year with a great playoff run, got a huge pay increase, and packed it in. Enjoy your money.

  37. I love how all the bortles to pats posts are getting massive down votes…. ya’ll just mad cause you know that he will prob sign there for cheap and BB will turn him into a winner…what’s that saying….the truth hurts

    – Giants fan

  38. billswillnevermove says:
    March 13, 2019 at 8:40 pm
    The Raiders will sign him, will start over that 25 million per year bust Carr. Gruden is sto stupid, he will draft Murray and Bortles will be 2nd string, Carr 3rd string or cut.

    This is coming from somebody who’s team never won a Super Bowl !

  39. Dolphins.

    -no loss of compensatory pick for James if they sign him
    -if he’s really that bad, he helps the Dolphins secure the #1 pick (although the Giants sure are trying their best to get it themselves)
    -if he actually plays well, they’ve fallen into a decent QB on the cheap who can start until the QB of the future is ready to go

    There’s absolutely no downside.

  40. ggreen657 says:
    March 13, 2019 at 8:15 pm
    Welcome to New England Blake. Brady plays 3 more years and then it’s the Joe Montana to Steve Young handoff.

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    Are you insane?

  41. The next Trent Dilfer. Tampa Bay Trent was a pick six machine, then won a Super Bowl with Baltimore. Bortles is still young enough to follow that career arc.
    ——————————

    One of the best defenses ever and asked to just manage the game. Bortles could probably do that.

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