Working with Blake Bortles one reason why Chad Henne returned to Jaguars

Chad Henne's familiarity with the Jaguars and relationship with Blake Bortles were a deciding factor in his choice to return to Jacksonville. Stephen B. Morton/AP Images

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed backup quarterback Chad Henne to a two-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

Henne said he had his agent research opportunities with other teams, but didn’t feel confident about any of those situations and chose to return to Jacksonville because he felt the Jaguars were still the best fit.

"There was always opportunities, like I said, to kind of venture out, kind of jump out and play again," Henne said. "Really, there’s not that many opportunities like that out there and those teams that needed a quarterback are most likely going to be in the same situation -- draft a quarterback -- and then I’d be in that same position again.

"Why not be here where I feel comfortable and love working with Blake [Bortles]?"

Henne hasn’t played since the third game of the 2014 season, but he’s an experienced veteran who knows the offense and has been a big help in Bortles’ development. Bortles has said Henne was an invaluable resource to him as a rookie in learning how to prepare, work, and conduct himself in the meeting room and on the practice field.

Henne said his relationship with Bortles was a big factor in his decision to return.

"I think in my mind right now, I see him work each and every day and I feel like I have a good work ethic, but this kid really wants to get better and has the drive and has the right attitude," Henne said. "When you work with somebody like that, kind of similar to your work ethic, you want to be around that because you two can tie together and be together all the time.

"… I just really think we study well together. 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."

Henne has started 22 games (5-17 record) in four seasons with the Jaguars and has completed 58 percent of his passes for 5,817 yards and 27 touchdowns with 26 interceptions. He spent his first four seasons in Miami and has 58 touchdown passes and 63 interceptions in his eight-year career.

The contract is worth $8 million, according to a report by NFL Media’s Rand Getlin.