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Rams to sign former Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles to one-year deal

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles smiles at teammates during the first half of an NFL f
Quarterback Blake Bortles had some good times in Jacksonville, but they were outweighed by the bad and the team released him last week.
(Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press)

The Rams added depth at quarterback Monday, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with former Jacksonville Jaguars starter Blake Bortles.

Terms were not released, but the Jaguars reportedly owe Bortles $6.5 million, so the Rams almost certainly negotiated a bargain for Bortles to back up Jared Goff.

Bortles, 26, replaces Sean Mannion, an unrestricted free agent. Bortles, the No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft, was released by the Jaguars last week as the team prepared to sign Nick Foles to a four-year contract.

Bortles had and up-and-down career with the Jaguars, compiling a 24-49 record as a starter. He helped lead the Jaguars to the 2017 AFC title game, and before last season received an extension that included $26.5 million in guarantees. But in 13 games last season, he passed for only 13 touchdowns with 11 interceptions and was replaced by former Trojan Cody Kessler.

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The Rams appeared to be a natural landing spot for Bortles. He is represented by REP 1 Sports, the same firm that represents Goff and receivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp.

Since the end of the season, the Rams also signed veteran safety Eric Weddle and re-signed edge rusher Dante Fowler.

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