Jaguars To Drop Blake Bortles After Disappointing Season Ends

The Jacksonville Jaguars were blown out 30-9 to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night, and the organization is bound to undergo major changes once this embarrassing season comes to an end.

And that will likely begin with quarterback Blake Bortles, who only received a three-year, $54 million extension in the offseason. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Jacksonville is ready to move on from the 26-year-old and former first-round draft pick.

The Jaguars reached the AFC Championship game last season, narrowly falling 24-20 to the New England Patriots. Bortles was widely blamed for the loss, having led Jacksonville to just six points in the second half.

Despite calls for a change behind center, the Jaguars trusted Bortles' ability to turn it around in 2018, which is why he got the extension. After a promising 3-1 start to the season - highlighted by a Week 2 victory over the Pats - Bortles and the Jacksonville offense has evaporated.

The Jaguars benched Bortles in their Week 13 home contest with the Indianapolis Colts, in favor of Cody Kessler. Jacksonville won that game 6-0, but Kessler and the offense was miserable in Thursday's game against Tennessee.


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Bortles is in his fifth NFL season, and 2015 was the lone year in which he looked like a true starter. The Jaguars have simply ran out of patience, and they know it's time to find a new quarterback to take this team to the promised land.

There will be a handful of starting quarterbacks available in both the trade and free agent markets, plus the draft. Team president Tom Coughlin has many potential options as he tries to fix this team for 2019.

What This Means

Some thought the Jaguars should have moved on from Bortles earlier, but it's finally happening in 2019. There are guys like Drew Lock and Justin Herbert available in the draft, while Derek Carr and Eli Manning could be available via trade.

It's anybody's guess whom the Jaguars will target in the offseason, but the only certainty is that Bortles will be gone after this season.

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