The Los Angeles Rams agreed to a one-year deal with Blake Bortles on Monday to become the new backup for Jared Goff in 2019.
Since his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars was over after the team decided to sign Nick Foles, the Los Angeles Rams were immediately listed as a potential landing spot for Blake Bortles, although the former first-round pick would obviously be taking on a different role.
Despite how inconsistent Bortles has been at times over the years, one of the main reasons why the quarterback was such an intriguing option for the Rams was his play from the 2017 season in which he did his part in helping the Jaguars reach the AFC Championship.
With the two parties agreeing to a meeting on Monday, all eyes were on Los Angeles to see if Bortles would in fact become the new backup quarterback to Goff for at least the 2019 season.
Turns out, this was exactly the case after Bortles and the Rams agreed to a one-year deal on Monday, meaning the NFC champions have one less thing to worry about this offseason since the backup quarterback position was one of the questions in need of answering.
Even though Sean Mannion did nothing wrong over the last two seasons, it seemed to become clear early on in free agency that he would most likely be too expensive to bring back on a new deal since he was already drawing interest from numerous teams.
While Mannion hasn’t played in any meaningful games for the Rams to prove he’s a reliable backup quarterback, some teams have been expressing interest as a result of the Sean McVay factor alone since the head coach is known for quarterback development.
As great as it would have been to bring Mannion back for another year in Los Angeles, there’s no question that Bortles is an upgrade when it comes to the backup position, and the Rams should be thrilled over where they sit at the moment with their new backup on board.
Of course, just because the Rams agreed to a deal with Bortles doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t look to the draft to add another quarterback since the one-year deal makes it clear that Los Angeles may not be 100 percent sold just yet.
Still, between his experience as a starter in Jacksonville over the last five seasons on top of the opportunity to work with McVay, Los Angeles looks like they made out pretty well by signing Bortles.