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Report: Cardinals to sign Blaine Gabbert

The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly signing quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a one-year contract.

The NFL Draft came and went and alas, the Arizona Cardinals were unable to secure a quarterback of the future.

However, that apparently won't stop the Cardinals from attempting to build their quarterback depth, as according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Arizona is signing Blaine Gabbert to a one-year contract.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Gabbert was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and has spent the past three seasons with Arizona's NFC West counterpart, the San Francisco 49ers.

Over a six-year NFL career, Gabbert has started 40 games and compiled a record of 9-31, earning a career-high four victories during his rookie season with the Jaguars in 2011. 

Gabbert has a 56.0 career completion percentage and has thrown 38 touchdowns compared to 37 interceptions, but has struggled to hold onto starting jobs when he's earned them. Last season, Gabbert was benched by San Francisco head coach Chip Kelly in favor of Colin Kaepernick, who remains a free agent as of Wednesday. 

The 27-year old Gabbert is a product of the Missouri Tigers' program, and will now compete for the backup job in Arizona behind starter Carson Palmer. Gabbert joins a depth chart that includes 10-year NFL veteran Drew StantonZac Dysert, and recent undrafted free agent acquisition Trevor Knight

Terms of the deal Gabbert is expected to sign have not yet been reported, but Stanton is set to make a base salary upward of $2.5 million in 2017. 

With the 37-year-old Palmer nearing the end of his career, it's unclear whether Arizona is hoping Gabbert develops under head coach Bruce Arians into a potential replacement for Palmer, or if he's being brought in as a short-term addition who will provide depth behind the 15-year veteran. 


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