So it's only natural Gabbert becomes the backup to Colin Kaepernick, the sixth QB taken 26 picks later in the same draft. Right?
The San Francisco 49ers acquired Gabbert Tuesday from the Jaguars for a sixth-round pick in the coming draft to become Kaepernick's backup. Colt McCoy, an unrestricted free agent, appears to be headed elsewhere.
"We thought highly of Blaine as an early entry into the 2011 NFL Draft," GM Trent Baalke said in a statement. "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."
Gabbert, 24, will come to the 49ers to work with Jim Harbaugh hoping to improve on his three tumultuous seasons in Jacksonville. The Jaguars were 5-22 in his starts. But at 6-4 and 235 pounds, Gabbert still possesses a skill set that appeals the head coach.
The 49ers had an revolving door of reserve quarterbacks in 2013 and hope Gabbert could provide stability to the backup role and allow the team to look at other positions in the early rounds upcoming draft. The team lost seventh-round pick B.J. Daniels to the Seahawks after trying to stash him on the practice squad after an impressive preseason last year. They also brought in Seneca Wallace on John Skelton before settling on former Viking McCleod Bethel-Thompson to take the third quarterback job.
In his three seasons (27 starts), Gabbert completed 53.3 percent of his passes for 4,357 yards, 22 touchdowns and 24 interceptions for a 66.4 passer rating.
The former Missouri Tiger is entering the final year of his rookie contract is slated to count for $3.8 million against the cap. Kaepernick, also in the final year of his contract, is set to make $1.6 million this season, but has entered negotiations for a lucrative contract extension.
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