The Facts: Bortles' stay in New Orleans is ending. The Saints released the quarterback Tuesday, per the transaction wire.
Diehards Line: Bortles signed in New Orleans in late December as an emergency backup to rookie QB Ian Book after Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian were both placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Bortles watched Book get pounded during a blowout loss to Miami and didn't take a snap, having just signed. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints in January. But with New Orleans re-signing Jameis Winston and adding Andy Dalton as the veteran backup, Bortles decided it was best to move on. Leaving the Saints will allow Bortles to search for another home to play emergency backup. With COVID-19 protocols no longer in place, however, he might find it tougher to land a job.