The Arizona Cardinals and quarterback Blaine Gabbert have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.
Blaine Gabbert is expected to sign a 1-year deal with the #Cardinals tomorrow, source said.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 10, 2017
The former 10th-overall pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars was thought to be the answer at the quarterback position. However that didn’t pan out as he compiled a 5-22 record in three seasons with the Jaguars. Gabbert spent the last three seasons mostly as a back up to Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco. He had a 4-9 record in three years.
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Gabbert joins a crowded quarterback room, led by veteran Carson Palmer. Drew Stanton would presumably be the back up to Palmer which leaves Gabbert to battle Zac Dysert and undrafted rookie Trevor Knight for the third-string spot.
Gabbert’s career passer-rating of 71.5 is nothing that will excite Cardinals’ fans. Carson Palmer will lead a team that is looking to bounce-back from a disappointing 2016 when they posted a 6-8-1 record. Palmer has stayed relatively healthy in the last couple years so it is very unlikely Gabbert sees the field.
For the time being, Palmer is going to be the starting quarterback. However, the end is near and the Cardinals will soon be at a crossroad at the quarterback position. Stanton could possibly hold down the fort for a year or two but at 33 its highly unlikely. Gabbert has proven that he is not a franchise quarterback.