Blaine Gabbert is a Jaguar no more, headed out west


Blaine Gabbert, the Jaguars’ starting quarterback to open the 2012 and 2013 regular seasons was the 10th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, but as of today, is no longer with the team.

This afternoon, Gabbert was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth round draft pick in the 2014 NFL draft and a conditional pick next year. Gabbert is scheduled to make just over a million more than the 49ers starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.

Gabbert started 27 of 28 games he played in, starting in 14 as a rookie in 2011, 10 in 2012 and three this past season. He was put into the starting lineup in Week 3 of his rookie season after then head coach Mike Mularkey felt Gabbert was best as the starter.

He earned the starting quarterback role in 2013, but after starting three of the first five games of the season did not play again after sustaining a hamstring injury in a Week 5 loss at St. Louis. He returned to full health before the Jaguars’ Week 8 loss to San Francisco, but Chad Henne – who started the season as Gabbert’s backup – remained the starter throughout the rest of the season.

Gabbert finished the 2013 season completing 42 of 86 passes for 481 yards and a touchdown with seven interceptions and a passer rating of 36.0. He finished his Jaguars’ career completing 414 of 777 passes for 4,357 yards and 22 touchdowns with 24 interceptions.

The Jaguars are expected to select a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft, though General Manager David Caldwell has mentioned quite often in recent weeks they may not select one with the No. 3 overall selection in the draft.

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