Allen Kim

Blaine Gabbert Traded To The 49ers

Created on Mar. 11, 2014 5:53 PM EST

The Blaine Gabbert era in Jacksonville has come to an end. The Jaguars officially traded Gabbert to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick today, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Gabbert has been nothing short of a disaster throughout his three-year stint with the Jaguars. He’s easily one of the biggest first-round busts in recent memory, and it’s surprising that they were even able to get a sixth-round pick for him. He was expected to be outright released by the Jaguars, and despite the waste of the first-round pick the Jaguars used to take him, they can at least consider the draft pick they received in compensation to be a small win for the team.

The two-year deal that the Jaguars handed Chad Henne all but guaranteed that Gabbert would be packing his bags. With the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jaguars may opt to take a quarterback. However, there have been rumblings that the Jaguars are no longer in the market for a quarterback with Henne locked up.

As for San Francisco, Gabbert will never ascend further than a backup role behind Colin Kaepernick. Colt McCoy is a free agent, so Gabbert will likely be taking his place on the depth chart.

“We thought highly of Blaine as an early entry into the 2011 NFL Draft,” said 49ers GM Trent Baalke. “He is a high-character individual that will be given every opportunity to develop within our system and we are looking forward to working with him.”

In 28 games, Gabbert has thrown for 4,357 yards, 22 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He was particularly bad in the three games he played in 2013, throwing seven interceptions to only one touchdown.

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