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Chad Henne Signs With Jaguars: Deal, Analysis and Grade

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 2, 2011 in San Diego, California.    The Chargers won 26-16.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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David LevinSenior Writer IIMarch 15, 2012

Now that the Jacksonville Jaguars have signed a receiver to help the passing game, the team found another quarterback to back up Blaine Gabbert.

According to Jason La Canfora and NFL.com, Chad Henne, who was the Miami Dolphins' starter at the beginning of the 2011 season, signed a two-year deal Wednesday. Terms of the contract were not revealed.

The move by Jacksonville to find someone to come in and back up Gabbert was an obvious need by the team since Luke McCown was a free agent and was not expected to be re-signed by the team.

Henne has been a bit of a curious case in the NFL after being drafted in the second round by the Dolphins in 2008. He was the team's starter the first four games of last season before he was injured and lost for the season.

The 6'3", 230-pound quarterback has thrown for 7,114 yards in his career with 31 touchdowns, 37 interceptions and a career passer rating of 75.7.

What is good about this deal is that the Jaguars found someone who is willing to sit and wait his turn.

Gabbert will go into the season as the starter and will be asked to learn his second offense in as many years. Henne can come in and help the second-year pro with the understanding that, should Gabbert falter, Henne would have a chance to claim the starting position—something he is comfortable with.

It also means the team is serious about making Gabbert the long-term solution at the position but has confidence that someone like Henne can come in and move the team forward if needed.


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