The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the quarterback market this offseason, but apparently not for Alex Smith.
Word broke from the NFL Combine late Sunday that the San Francisco 49ers already had a deal in place to trade Smith, who lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick this past season, and the Jaguars were one of the teams being floated as a possible landing spot for the former number one overall draft pick. Those rumors were quickly shot down by Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell, who said that the Jaguars were not the team who had a deal in place for Smith.
It is not surprising that the Jaguars are not involved in bringing in a pricey veteran like Smith to be a temporary solution to their quarterback problem. Numerous times this offseason Caldwell has discussed his desire to build the team through the draft, acquiring Smith through a trade would cost him some valuable draft picks for a quarterback who would not provide a significant upgrade at the position.
At this point in the offseason, the Jaguars seem sold on giving Blaine Gabbert another chance to show his abilities in 2013. If Gabbert is indeed the favorite for the Jaguars starting quarterback job this offseason, there will be significantly cheaper options available to them this offseason to bring in for competition.
The most likely scenario would involve the Jaguars bringing in a mid-round draft pick to compete with Gabbert and Chad Henne in training camp and potentially beating Henne for the backup job while showing some future promise.