With Nick Foles in the fold, Jacksonville Jaguars release Blake Bortles

The Blake Bortles era in Jacksonville is over.

The Jaguars announced Wednesday that Bortles — the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft — has been released.

This development has been expected for a while. On Wednesday, the Jaguars' signing of Nick Foles on a four-year deal worth $88 million became official with the start of the new league year. The move was necessitated by the disappointing play of Bortles. 

Over five seasons in Jacksonville, Bortles compiled a 24-49 record as a starter, throwing 103 touchdown passes but getting picked off 75 times for an 80.6 passer rating. Coming off a 2017 season during which the Jaguars reached the AFC Championship Game, Jacksonville struggled to meet lofty expectations for its 2018 season. The team finished last in the AFC South at 5-11 — this after starting the season 3-1 — and Bortles was eventually benched in favor of Cody Kessler.

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