Blake Bortles last played in an NFL game in the year 2019. having signed with four teams since his last game. Although he’s only thirty-years old, Bortles has decided to put down his cleats and announce his decision on Pardon My Take podcast. This marks the end of a long career that saw many highs and lows.
If you’re going to judge by losses and wins, Bortles had a rough career. He was 2449 as a starter and, as a result, lost two out of three games. Of course the game of football can be a group sport so it’s tough to pin the blame on Bortles. In reality, that his career was quite successful.
At the end of the day, Bortles played in just 808 games over his entire career in the NFL and earned an estimated $48 million. This is $615,385 for each appearance certainly not bad!
He made about half of the amount through his first contract. He was the third selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, he signed the deal for $20.6 million that was guaranteed for four seasons. He was not a great performer in his rookie season,
similar to the majority of quarterbacks in their rookie years. But he saw a huge improvement throughout 2015 as he passed the highest career total and Jaguars record-setting 3,528 yards as well as 35 touchdowns.
In 2017 the Jaguars were 10-6which was Bortles the only team to win and also won their first AFC South. The Jaguars’ postseason run lasted through into their participation in the AFC Championship Game,
including an exciting 45-42 win against The Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jaguars were just one minute away from winning the Super Bowl but ultimately lost to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 24-20.
After a strong year After that, the Jaguars awarded Bortles with a 3-year, $54 million deal in 2018. But he didn’t receive all of that money since the Jaguars only allowed him to play 13 games for the team. He was in the worst shape since his rookie season, and the Jaguars were forced to let him go in March, after they signed Nick Foles.
A cruel twist was that Foles suffered a sprain during the opening quarter of the team’s first game in the following season. If Bortles had remained playing, the player would have been the first player to start all the games played that season.
However, Bortles signed with the Los Angeles Rams to be Jared Goff’s backup. He only made two throws in three games in the 2019 season. Then it was the same for the 2020 and 2021 seasons moving around his choice of Denver Broncos, Rams, Green Bay Packers, and New Orleans Saints, though the team never got him onto the field during any of the stops.
In his entire professional career Bortles was averaging his career total of 80.6 pass rate, 17649 yards of passing and 1,766 rushing yards. He also had eight passing touchdowns, 103 passing TDs on the rushing route as well as 75 interception.
Bortles never had a season that had less than 11 interceptions. However, his overall performance was good enough for a rather poor team. The Jaguars team leader in other statistics which include the most completions of passes during a season, and the most passing touchdowns per game.