Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert was a first-round pick in 2011. He was selected after Cam Newton and Jake Locker. Gabbert was expected to turn around Jacksonville’s franchise.
Then Gabbert played in an NFL game. Actually, 28 of them.
The Jaguars saw enough.
Jacksonville admitted it made a mistake by drafting Gabbert and traded the former first-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick and possible conditional pick next season, according to Jaguars.com writer John Oehser.
Jaguars GM David Caldwell on Gabbert trade: Came about through good relationship with SF. Good opp for Jaguars and good opp for Gabbert.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) March 11, 2014
Jaguars GM David Caldwell: "I just felt like it was a good opportunity for us to move on and possibly get a draft pick."— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) March 11, 2014
Gabbert had 4,357 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in three NFL seasons. He was placed on injured reserve last season after sustaining a right forearm injury. Gabbert had five wins and 22 losses as a starter in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville’s Chad Henne is currently under contract, but Gabbert’s release could prompt coach Gus Bradley to select a quarterback in the upcoming NFL draft.
Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater are possible first-round draft options for Jacksonville, which owns the No. 3 overall pick. The Jaguars could trade up to obtain the No. 1 quarterback on their board if necessary. If Jacksonville does not draft a quarterback in the first round, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo or Aaron Murrary are possible second-round options.
Meanwhile, Gabbert will back up Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco. The 49ers’ other backup quarterback is McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
We can only hope somebody plays this video during Gabbert's first offensive meeting:
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