With a new general manager and a new coach, you’d think a new quarterback would follow. But not so for the Jacksonville Jaguars. They plan to stick with third-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert. For now.
After two dismal seasons, it appears that Gabbert will try for a lucky year No. 3. Earlier in the week, Jaguars new general manager David Caldwell said of the player via The Florida Times Union, “That was his second year. What were they saying about other quarterbacks after their second year? We’re looking for improvement [in his third year]. We need to build around him. We’ll upgrade whenever we can upgrade.’
The team’s head coach Gus Bradley also appears o.k. with the quarterback and said after a recent visit with him, “He’s been very impressive so far in our conversations.’’
For the Jaguars, they have draft pick No. 2 but don’t seem eager to use it for an addition to its quarterback stable. Caldwell said of the draft, “There are going to be players that emerge as a legit number two candidate, and there will be more than one.’’
Gabbert will need to improve from last season to see a full-season three. He got injured in Week 11 and hit IR from a torn labrum in his non-throwing arm. He finished his abbreviated season with a 9:6 touchdown to interception ratio and had a 58.3 percent pass completion rate.
In 2011, Gabbert signed a fully guaranteed, four-year, $12 million deal.
Pinch hitting for the player once he went down was Chad Henne. He didn’t fare much better than his starter. He had 11 touchdowns, 11 picks and a 53.9 percent pass completion rate. For this season, Henne carries a $4.15 million cap hit in 2013. It is the last year for his two-year, $6.75 million deal.
Meanwhile, in another player professing his love for his team, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on Saturday, he’d like to play eight more years for his team. He said via Packers.com, “I’ve had eight great years there, the last five as a starter. Hopefully I can give them another eight plus years of playing at a high level.”
Rodgers’ contract runs through 2014 and already there’s talk of his impending contract extension. He said, “We’ll see what happens with that, I’m not stressing about it. I think the Packers would like me to be around for a few more years and I’d love to finish my career there.”
While he started his career in the shadow of Brett Favre, Rodgers has earned his keep with the Packers, leading his team to a Super Bowl win and gaining MVP honors in 2011.