49ers acquire QB Gabbert from Jaguars

49ers acquire QB Gabbert from Jaguars
March 11, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Blaine Gabbert is 5-22 as a starter with 22 touchdowns to 24 interceptions in three years with Jacksonville. (USATSI)

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The 49ers acquired Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert for a trade for a sixth-round draft pick, a source confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Gabbert is in line to replace Colt McCoy as Colin Kaepernick's backup. The 49ers acquired McCoy for the same role last offseason in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.

“We thought highly of Blaine as an early entry into the 2011 NFL Draft,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. “He is a high-character individual that will be given every opportunity to develop within our system and we are looking forward to working with him.”

The 49ers had an opportunity to select Gabbert with the No. 7 overall pick but opted for his Missouri teammate Aldon Smith, instead.

Gabbert, 24, started 27 games in his first three NFL seasons after the Jaguars selected him with the 10th overall pick in 2011. Kaepernick was chosen No. 36 overall in the same draft.

Last year, he started just three games. He completed 48.8 percent of his passes with one touchdown and seven interceptions. He has completed 53.3 percent of his career attempts with 22 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. Gabbert's career passer rating is 66.4.

Gabbert has one-year remaining on his original contract. The sides are expected to rework his contract from his scheduled $2.011 million in salary.

Prior to the acquisition of Gabbert, McLeod Bethel-Thompson was the only other quarterback on the roster behind Kaepernick.