Two years ago, Blake Bortles nearly took the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Super Bowl. Now, he's about to join a team that just played in one.
Bortles will sign with the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced moments ago. The 26-year-old Bortles has accepted one-year deal to serve as Jared Goff's backup.
He agreed to the deal after visiting the Rams earlier today. LA now has the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to back up the top pick from 2016.
Jacksonville previously gave up on Bortles and released him earlier this month. The Jaguars replaced him with free agent Nick Foles.
In five pro seasons, Bortles has played in 75 games, making 73 starts. He's passed for 17,646 yards, 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions.
Bortles' top season was his second one as a pro in 2015. He threw for 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns against 18 interceptions.
As much as Bortles is maligned as an NFL quarterback, this isn't a bad signing for him and LA as a team. You can definitely do worse for a backup, and now Bortles gets to play under and learn from a strong offensive-minded head coach in Sean McVay.