We are less than a day into NFL Free Agency, and already the worst move of the entire offseason has been made by the San Francisco 49ers by trading for a guy who is not worth a box of Girl Scout cookies.
The 49ers acquired quarterback Blaine Gabbert from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth-round draft pick on Tuesday leaving many San Francisco supporters confused.
Gabbert was the 10th overall pick in 2011 and although there were high expectations for the young quarterback he became just the latest quarterback to be added to the long list of first round busts. Over his career in Jacksonville, Gabbert went 5-22 as a starter and threw 22 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions in 28 career games. To add insult to injury, Gabbert has not only been poor performer on the field but has also struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. It is hard to make since of this move from a 49ers perspective as Gabbert has become injury prone and has proven to be completely incompetent on the field in the NFL.
This move could not have come at a worse time for the 49ers’ general manager Trent Baalke as this does not aid his case to remain in San Francisco. As the rift between Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh grows by the day, it is quite clear that the organization must let one go while retaining the more valuable commodity and this deal could ultimately seal the fate for the General manager who is less proven than Harbaugh.
Does San Francisco want to keep a coach that lifts a team to elite status, or a guy that trades for a quarterback with a career QBR of 20.2?
While the move was unwarranted and pricey, the two happiest people in the world today are Colin Kaepernick and Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh now holds the power over Baalke as Harbaugh has yet to make a mistake of this caliber. With the signing of Gabbert, Kaepernick can basically name his price when it comes to negotiating his new deal as there is not a viable backup to supplant him in the future.
Greg Douglas is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.