Gabbert highlights minor 49ers moves

The 49ers re-signed back up quarterback Blaine Gabbert and made two smaller moves at the start of the new league year.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 49ers have re-signed back up quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a modest two-year, $2 million contract, according to a report from ESPN.

Gabbert became a free agent Tuesday afternoon after spending last season with the 49ers, when he appeared in just one game, completing three of seven passes for 28 yards and a touchdown in a blowout loss to the Denver Broncos. He earned the ire of fans for his struggles in the preseason, when he completed 46.8 percent of his throws with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Gabbert's new deal is an indication of how weak the quarterback market is, both in free agency and the upcoming draft beyond Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Instead of waiting to see how the market materialized, the 49ers were quick to land Gabbert on the first day of the new year. He'll have a second season to work with Geep Chryst, who was elevated from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.

Gabbert earned just over $2 million in salary last season, and even came to the 49ers as the team's highest paid quarterback before Colin Kaepernick signed his $116 million extension over the summer.

Carrier Signs Extension

The 49ers announced earlier this week they inked reserve tight end Derek Carrier to a two-year contract extension through 2017.

Carrier will compete for a larger role in the offense this season, after second-year tight end Vance McDonald was uninspiring as a target in the passing game. Carrier appeared in 11 games, making one start, and notched nine catches for 105 yards.

San Francisco is hoping Carrier, a former receiver, can continue to develop as a threat down field to add to Kaepernick's group of weapons. However, his new contract is unlikely to keep the 49ers from drafting a tight end this spring. Additionally, the 49ers will have Asante Cleveland and Garrett Celek on the offseason 90-man roster. Celek signed a new one-year deal this offseason after appearing in three games before sustaining an ankle injury in December.

Carrier was placed on injured reserve Nov. 27 with a foot injury.

Longsnapper Nelson gets new deal

Kyle Nelson did well enough in his first season as the team's long snapper to earn a four-year contract. He impressed the 49ers with his knack for getting down field quickly and making tackles in punt coverage, which isn't typical among long snappers. He had four special teams tackles.

Previously, Nelson spent part of the 2013 offseason program and 2012 training camp with the 49ers before beating out Kevin McDermott for his roster spot before the start of last season.

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