Blake Bortles, former NFL quarterback, has announced his retirement

Blake Bortles has decided not to pursue a return to a team’s active roster. During an appearance on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast, the former No. 3 overall pick announced his retirement.

The long-time Jaguars starter hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game since the 2019 season when he was Jared Goff’s backup with the Rams.

Blake Bortles

However, he has moved around the league in the years since, most recently with a team in April.

Bortles was released by the Saints at the time, and the former AFC championship game starter stated on the podcast that he has not touched a football since January.

Bortles has caught on with the Broncos and Packers since his one-and-done with the Rams in 2019. He finished his career as a Saints emergency roster option, during the team’s COVID-19 surge at the height of the Omicron variant.

Bortles has earned more than $47 million from his rookie contract and the three-year, $54 million extension he signed with the Jaguars in 2018.

However, the Jags’ decision to terminate that contract after one season abruptly ended the oft-criticized passer’s tenure as a starter.

Blake Bortles

The Central Florida product started 73 career games, and while he was benched months after signing that extension, he had Jacksonville on the verge of a Super Bowl LII berth.

Bortles threw for 293 yards in a narrow AFC championship game loss to New England, following a divisional-round shootout victory in Pittsburgh.