Saints sign Blake Bortles to futures deal

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The Saints signed quarterback Blake Bortles to their practice squad on Dec. 24 after Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian tested positive for COVID-19. He backed up rookie Ian Book against the Dolphins in Week 16 but did not see any action.

The Saints are keeping Bortles around this offseason, having signed him to a futures contract Tuesday.

Bortles backed up Jordan Love for the Packers game against the Chiefs in November when Aaron Rodgers went on the COVID-19 reserve list. He also was with Green Bay for much of the team’s offseason program.

Bortles, the No. 3 overall choice in 2014, has completed 59 percent off his passes for 17,649 yards with 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions in 78 career games.

The Saints also signed receiver Kevin White, center Cohl Cabral, defensive tackle Malcolm Roach, defensive back Bryce Thompson and tight end Ethan Wolf to futures deals.

12 responses to “Saints sign Blake Bortles to futures deal

  1. I’m no Bortles fan, but he’s better than a lot of the #2 QBs in the league. The fact that he can’t even hang on to a backup role is weird.

  2. Other than Bortles, Malcolm Roach seemed to be a solid player. Others listed are more like hmmm. Unless being signed on futures is more like last stop,end of the line. In that case Bortles and Roach deserve better offers from the saints.

  3. I think the Saints should look at a trade for Gardner Minshew / Eagles or Tyler Huntley / Ravens. They have talent now that should not be wasted on Winston or Hill or a rookie if one becomes available.

  4. Bortles struggled early in his career, but actually ended up one game away from the super bowl, nearly beating New England. Bortles played great the last part of the season, and into the playoffs. The coach blew the game, otherwise Bortles would have been in the super bowl. He’s far from perfect, but he’s a proven winner. Sean Payton has seen a lot of QB’s over the years, and he’s probably thinking he got a decent player without having to give up anything. Maybe there are one or two QB’s in the draft who are better than Bortles. We’ll see.

  5. tj12205 says:
    January 11, 2022 at 8:10 pm
    I think the Saints should look at a trade for Gardner Minshew / Eagles or Tyler Huntley / Ravens. They have talent now that should not be wasted on Winston or Hill or a rookie if one becomes available.
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    Minshew would be right at home on Bourbon Street. Those are definitely his type of peeps.

  6. veezorp says:
    January 11, 2022 at 7:52 pm
    $47-million in career earnings. That’s it. That’s the comment.

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    Wow, $47 million, that’s a lot of money for two career playoff wins.

    Alex Smith also had two career playoff wins, but made over $160 million.

    Lol. Bortles looks like a bargain.

  7. Funny how Bleak went from starter to journeyman. That’s what happens when you don’t work on your craft. He had all the tools but would rather enjoy the night life than the film room. If he’s the answer then they are in deep.

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