New Orleans Saints sign former Jags QB Blake Bortles

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  • New Orleans Saints
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  • Blake Bortles
    Blake Bortles
    American football player

The BOAT is getting a new job.

On Friday, Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans reported the Saints would be signing former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles in the wake of COVID-19 issues that have decimated the quarterback room. Jameis Winston is already out for the season, and now both Trevor Siemian and Taysom Hill have been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Ian Book, a rookie fourth-round pick out of Notre Dame, is set to make the first start of his career, and Bortles will serve as his backup on Monday night in a matchup with the Miami Dolphins that has playoff implications for both teams.

This is the second time Bortles has found himself in this situation this year. He began the offseason with the Green Bay Packers before being released in June, but he was brought back in November when Aaron Rodgers was unavailable to be Jordan Love’s backup, but he was released after just one week.

Bortles was the third overall pick in 2014, and he played for the Jaguars until 2018. In his five seasons with the team, he totaled more than 17,000 passing yards, 103 touchdowns, and 75 interceptions. He led the team to its first AFC Championship appearance since 1999 in 2017.