The biggest issue facing the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason is which direction they are going to go at the quarterback position.
The Jaguars answer for at least the 2013 season may already be on the roster despite the belief that new general manager Dave Caldwell will bring in a new quarterback through either free agency or the draft this offseason. There are rumors that Caldwell is leaning towards giving Blaine Gabbert another shot to prove himself as a franchise quarterback in 2013.
While most Jaguars fans have given up on Gabbert, Caldwell was quick to point out that Gabbert is still the second-youngest quarterback in the NFL and that there was still a chance for him to improve. Caldwell’s willingness to roll with Gabbert for another season may have more to do with the lack of quality options at the position available in the draft and free agency.
The Jaguars have been linked to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn in trade rumors this offseason, but both would likely cost the Jaguars valuable draft picks in a trade which seems extremely unlikely considering Caldwell wants to build his team through the draft.
Most believe this year’s draft is completely void of any elite quarterback prospects and most of the quarterbacks available this year would be considered project prospects that would require some seasoning before being ready to run an NFL offense.
The most likely scenario for the Jaguars at quarterback likely involves taking a developmental quarterback in the mid-rounds of the draft to backup Gabbert in 2013. In this scenario the Jaguars would also likely part ways with quarterback Chad Henne, whose contract makes it prohibitive to keep him on the roster as a second or third-string quarterback.