Saints to sign QB Blake Bortles, expected to back up Ian Book vs. Dolphins, sources

The New Orleans Saints are expected to sign quarterback Blake Bortles due to the team’s ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, sources informed the Times-Picayune on Friday.

Bortles is supposed to get to the Saints’ facility Friday in time for practice, sources said.

Both starting quarterback Taysom Hill and backup Trevor Siemian went on the COVID-19 list on Thursday, which made rookie Ian Book the only quarterback available at this point for Monday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Jameis Winston, who started the season for the Saints, tore his ACL earlier this season and is out for the remainder of the season.

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Book is still expected to start with Bortles serving as the in-game backup. Had the Saints not worked out a deal with another quarterback, running back Alvin Kamara would have been the emergency quarterback.

Bortles has played in 79 games over his career, though he has not played in a game since 2019 during his one-year stint with the Los Angeles Rams. 

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Before that, Bortles spent five seasons as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ starting quarterback, completing 59.3% of his passes for 17,646 yards with 103 touchdowns.

Since 2020, he has spent time with the Denver Broncos, the Rams again, and the Green Bay Packers. 

Bortles was one of the quarterbacks on Denver’s roster that infamously all went into COVID-19 quarantine one day ahead of the Saints’ game against the Broncos last season.

Before signing with the Saints this season, Bortles was with the Packers, serving as the backup for Jordan Love after starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19.

Staff writer Jeff Duncan contributed to this report.

This story will be updated.

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