The Green Bay Packers currently only have quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love on the roster. Regardless of what happens with Rodgers and his trade request, Green Bay will have to add another signal caller to the mix ahead of training camp.
It is now being reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that said quarterback will be former Jacksonville Jaguars first-round bust Blake Bortles. Schefter notes that the two sides have come to terms on a one-year deal.
Bortles, 29, last started an NFL game with the Jaguars back in 2018. He spent 2019 with the Los Angeles Rams before splitting time between the Denver Broncos’ practice squad and Los Angeles’ active roster last season.
For his career, the former No. 3 overall pick has thrown 103 touchdowns against 75 interceptions while posting a 24-49 record in 73 starts.
What the signing of Blake Bortles means for the Green Bay Packers
Before we freak out and somehow conclude that this is a direct result of the Aaron Rodgers drama, it’s important to note that teams very rarely carry just two quarterbacks during the offseason. In fact, a majority of NFL teams boast three signal callers during the regular season.
As mentioned above, the Green Bay Packers have only Rodgers and Love in the mix under center. Bortles comes in as training camp fodder, potentially earning a job as the Packers’ No. 3 quarterback should Rodgers return.
With that said, It seems as if Rodgers’ threat to either sit out the 2021 season or retire altogether is real. He wants to be traded and has no interest in playing another down in a Packers uniform.
Should Green Bay be forced to trade Rodgers, it would have to either add another quarterback as part of said blockbuster or bring a veteran in off the street to back up Jordan Love. That’s where the Blake Bortles signing comes into play.
Either way, this signing does very little to impact Rodgers’ situation with the Green Bay Packers. Don’t read too much into it.