The Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to part ways with someone who was viewed as the savior of the franchise a couple of years ago in what has been the most important move the team has made thus far during the offseason.
Per reports, the Jaguars have decided to trade former 10th overall pick Blaine Gabbert to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft and it’s clear this was something the management was planning to do a long time ago. Gabbert not only failed to thrive for the team — compiling a poor 5-22 record in three years — but he also regressed year after year and it’s clear he wasn’t the long-term answer for the Jaguars.
While the sixth-rounder might not be a solid addition to the future of the team, it should give Jacksonville more depth as the team is heavily committed to their rebuilding process. In addition to this, Chad Henne was recently re-signed on a two-year deal and with the Jags rumored to be looking at QBs in this year’s draft class, it was clear Gabbert had no space on the roster.
It remains to be seen if Gabbert can make it at the NFL level and perhaps he only needed a change of scenery. All things considered, it was clear he wasn’t good enough for the Jaguars and the franchise did the right thing by trading him. It seems like now it’s the time the franchise can really look to the future and all signs are pointing to the team drafting a QB with their third overall pick when it is Draft time.