ORLANDO, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars finally found someone to support quarterback Blake Bortles.
The team acted on Wednesday against Cody Kessler and sent a conditional 2019 seventh-round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for the third-year veteran.
"We are excited about the opportunity to add Cody as a depth to our quarterback position," said Jaguar's GM Dave Caldwell. "Through our research and by getting to know Cody during the design process, we know he is a smart, tough and competitive young man, and we expect him to be a great addition to our quarterback and offensive meeting rooms."
Jaguars had no spare quarterback on the roster since the team decided not to re-sign veteran Chad Henne. Henne, who signed with Kansas City on March 16, has held this position since losing his initial job to Bortles at the mid-term of the third week of 2014. Bortles has since started every game.
Kessler was a third-choice in Brown's front office under former Vice President Sashi Brown in 2016 focused on analytics. (Brown was also the chief Jaguar consultant for eight years.) Kessler started his rookie season third in the depth chart, but had to start in the first two weeks following injuries to Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown. He won no games in eight starts in 2016 and did not start a game in 2017. The trade for Tyrod Taylor and the commitment of Drew Stanton made Kessler dispensable.
Kessler has 63.8 percent of his passes for 1,508 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions and has an 87.4 career passer rating.