In an interesting move on the first day of NFL free agency, the Jacksonville Jaguars traded their starting quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, to the San Francisco 49ers. According to ESPN on March 11, the 49ers sent the Jaguars a sixth round draft pick for Gabbert.
It was a case of Jacksonville giving up on Gabbert, who they drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
The move is interesting since the Jaguars grabbed Gabbert with the 10th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and he will now back up Colin Kaepernick, who the 49ers drafted in the same draft in the second round, using the 35th pick. Jacksonville has been one of the worst teams in the NFL while Kaepernick has led the 49ers to the Super Bowl and the NFC Championship game in back-to-back seasons.
When Chad Henne signed a new two-year deal with the Jaguars last week, it looked like he was resigning himself to the fact he was going to be a backup. However, with Gabbert traded, Henne is now the Jaguars’ starting quarterback unless they draft a rookie and start him immediately.
In his three seasons in the NFL, Gabbert threw for 4,357 and 22 touchdowns in 23 games played, as well as throwing 24 interceptions. His quarterback rating is 66.4.