After what's been an underwhelming career so far, Blaine Gabbert has reportedly signed a two-year deal to remain with the San Francisco 49ers rather than test free agency.
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Gabbert Reportedly Re-Signs with 49ers
Tuesday, March 10
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Gabbert has signed a two-year deal worth $2M.
By almost any objective measure, Gabbert has been a major disappointment since the Jacksonville Jaguars selected him with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft. The franchise was desperate to find a quarterback of the future and decided to take the risk that came with drafting him so early.
Three years later, the Jags took Blake Bortles with the third overall pick, signifying once and for all that the Gabbert experiment was a failure.
He started 27 games in Jacksonville, going 5-22 while throwing for 4,357 yards, 22 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. The Jags decided to end the experiment before the 2014 season, trading Gabbert to San Francisco for a sixth-round pick.
"We have a good relationship with San Francisco and it was a good opportunity for the Jacksonville Jaguars to increase our stock in the draft but it was also a good opportunity for Blaine to get a fresh start," said Jacksonville general manager David Caldwell, per ESPN.com's Michael DiRocco. "I know they're excited about having him and it's a good move for all parties involved."
With Colin Kaepernick the established starter in San Francisco, Gabbert hardly saw the field, and he went 3-of-7 during the regular season for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Most fans have probably given up on Gabbert at this point, but Mark Sanchez's relatively strong play with the Philadelphia Eagles last year proved that the right situation can make all the difference.
Plus, he turns just 26 in October. It's still too early to completely write him off as an NFL quarterback.
Backup quarterbacks offer plenty of utility in the NFL, though, and Gabbert does bring plenty of experience. Although he won't be many fans' top option, the 49ers could do much worse than the former Missouri Tiger as a reserve.