Veteran Chad Henne is returning to the Jacksonville Jaguars to continue his “comfortable” role as the backup for emerging quarterback Blake Bortles.
According to Rand Getlin of NFL.com, Henne agreed to a two-year deal with the Jaguars worth $8 million on Thursday. He was scheduled to be a free agent once the new league year opened next month.
The 30-year-old quarterback instead picked his cozy situation behind Bortles over other potential opportunities around the NFL.
“Why not be here where I feel comfortable and love working with Blake?” Henne said, via Mike DiRocco of ESPN.
Bortles, the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, took over for Henne as the Jaguars’ starter just three games into his rookie season. He’s since thrown 46 career touchdowns, including 35 in 2015.
The working relationship between the two quarterbacks drew Henne back to Jacksonville.
“I just really think we study well together,” Henne said. “We’re always together, whether we’re in the film room or on the field doing footwork. Just bits and pieces. Anything he wants to ask me — defenses, different coverages, reads — we’re a culminating factor together. It’s just a great relationship and that’s why I wanted to be back here.”
The Jaguars clearly value Henne’s impact on Bortles, one of the game’s impressive young quarterbacks. He’ll make $4 million a season as a backup, although some of the money is tied to playing time incentives.
Henne, 30, has started 53 games over eight NFL seasons. The former Michigan star has completed 59.3 percent of his passes with 58 career touchdowns, a mark Bortles—his trusted understudy—is likely to eclipse during the 2016 season.