clearn.png
Saturday September 25th, 2021 8:37PM

Packers add QB depth with Bortles as Rodgers saga continues

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have signed Blake Bortles as they attempt to add quarterback depth while MVP Aaron Rodgers’ future with the team remains uncertain.

Rodgers, who has reportedly expressed his desire not to return to Green Bay, had been one of two quarterbacks on the roster along with 2020 first-round draft pick Jordan Love. General manager Brian Gutekunst said after the draft that “we’ll add a third arm and maybe a fourth arm as we go through.”

Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, will be reunited with Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

The 29-year-old Bortles started 73 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2014-18. Hackett was Jacksonville’s quarterbacks coach from 2015-16 and offensive coordinator from 2016-18.

The move gives the Packers three quarterbacks who were drafted in the first round. Rodgers was selected 24th overall in 2005. The Packers traded up four spots to take Love 26th last year.

How long Rodgers will remain with the Packers remains unclear.

After ESPN reported just before the draft that Rodgers doesn’t want to return to Green Bay, Packers CEO Mark Murphy posted a column on the team’s website in which he said “this is an issue that we’ve been working on for several months.” Murphy acknowledged that he, Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur had met with Rodgers “on a number of occasions” during the offseason.

Gutekunst has said the Packers have no plans to trade Rodgers, who has three years remaining on his contract. Murphy has indicated the Packers want to keep Rodgers in Green Bay in 2021 and beyond.

Bortles spent portions of the 2020 season with the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams but didn’t appear in a game for either team. He played three games in a reserve role for the Rams in 2019.

He has completed 59.3% of his pass attempts for 17,649 yards with 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions.

Bortles ranks second in Jaguars history in yards passing, touchdown passes, pass attempts (2,632) and completions (1,561). The Jaguars benched Bortles and fired Hackett late in the 2018 season after the Jaguars suffered a seventh straight loss while staggering to a 5-11 finish one year after reaching the AFC championship game.

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, AP Sports - NFL
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Packers add QB depth with Bortles as Rodgers saga continues
The Green Bay Packers have signed Blake Bortles as they attempt to add quarterback depth while MVP Aaron Rodgers’ future with the team remains uncertain
4:54PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Pac-12 picks MGM executive Kliavkoff as next commissioner
The Pac-12 hired sports entertainment executive George Kliavkoff to be the conference’s next commissioner, replacing Larry Scott with another college sports outsider
4:51PM ( 9 minutes ago )
Yankees' Torres positive for COVID despite being vaccinated
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated and having previously contracted the coronavirus during the offseason
4:50PM ( 9 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Bo Bichette leads resilient Blue Jays past Braves again, 8-4
Bo Bichette hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied yet again to beat Atlanta 8-4 and sweep six games from the Braves this season
3:52PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP source: T-wolves sale to Lore, A-Rod up for NBA approval
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has reached agreement on his $1.5 billion sale of the club
3:22PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Cubs get OK to boost attendance to 60%
The Chicago Cubs have been given the go-ahead to boost attendance to up to 60% of Wrigley Field’s capacity when they begin a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds in late May
2:27PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
NFL schedules get off to strong starts with Week 1 twinbills
An additional week of regular-season games will benefit NFL fans right from the start
1:28AM ( 15 hours ago )
Brady-Prescott kicks off NFL season plus a return to London
The NFL is returning to London in October and Tom Brady begins his pursuit of an eighth Super Bowl title against Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys when Tampa Bay hosts the league’s annual kickoff game on Sept. 9
9:04PM ( 19 hours ago )
Amazon cloud technology aids NFL in schedule making
The process of building the NFL schedule used to be a painstaking one with executives spending months slotting the games one by one on a board until there was a final product for the commissioner to approve
8:53PM ( 20 hours ago )
AP Online Football
Famed Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan dead at age 37
Former University of Hawaii star quarterback Colt Brennan has died
6:21PM ( 1 day ago )
MLB tells Athletics to explore relocation if no new ballpark
Major League Baseball has instructed the Athletics to explore relocation options as the team tries to secure the new ballpark it hopes for to stay in Oakland
6:08PM ( 1 day ago )
Reunion Tour: College teammates getting back together in NFL
Six NFL teams used the draft to reunite college teammates
4:02PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - NFL
Pac-12 picks MGM executive Kliavkoff as next commissioner
The Pac-12 hired sports entertainment executive George Kliavkoff to be the conference’s next commissioner, replacing Larry Scott with another college sports outsider
4:51PM ( 9 minutes ago )
Yankees' Torres positive for COVID despite being vaccinated
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated and having previously contracted the coronavirus during the offseason
4:50PM ( 9 minutes ago )
Arizona Senate Republicans sign lease to continue vote audit
Republicans in the Arizona Senate have signed a lease to continue their slow-moving audit of the 2020 election results in Maricopa County
4:44PM ( 15 minutes ago )
‘Amazing’: Pilots, passenger uninjured after midair crash
The pilot of an airplane that collided with another midair near Denver requested emergency landing for engine failure, not knowing that his plane was nearly ripped in half
4:36PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Trial for 3 ex-cops charged in Floyd’s death pushed to March
The trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting in George Floyd's death has been pushed back to March 2022
4:33PM ( 26 minutes ago )