The San Francisco 49ers have acquired an insurance policy for Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers completed a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars for former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert.
Gabbert, who was the 10th overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft, never proved to be the franchise quarterback the Jaguars sought with his acquisition. In three seasons with the Jaguars, Gabbert completed 53.3 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.
The change of scenery is an opportunity for Gabbert to jump-start his career. He was a Top 10 selection for a reason and has natural tools to develop.
It will now be up to 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh to develop those skills. He did it once with Alex Smith, and Gabbert appears to be his next reclamation project.
The 49ers, meanwhile, added some potential leverage against Kaepernick. Gabbert clearly isn’t in the same class as Kaepernick, but the 49ers’ current starting quarterback wants $18 million per season to re-sign with the team before his contract is up after the 2014 campaign.
Is Kaepernick worth it?
That’s yet to be decided and Gabbert is waiting in the wings.