Football Nation has learned that the Blaine Gabbert era in Jacksonville has officially ended.
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Tuesday that they have traded Gabbert to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth round draft pick.
Gabbert was the 10th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the team, where they traded up to select the passer, but he never panned out as a starter in the NFL.
Gabbert was thrust into action way too early in his career and has never become the player he was expected to be for the franchise after he was drafted as true junior out of Missouri.
Gabbert was named the starter for the Jaguars at the beginning of the 2013 season, but injuries and poor play relegated him to the bench. The team re-signed Chad Henne this past week to be the starter heading into OTAs and the team will look to draft a quarterback in this year’s upcoming NFL Draft.
According to wire service reports and ESPN.com, His best season for the Jags was his rookie year, where he played in 15 games and threw for 2,214 yards with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Injuries and ineffectiveness plagued Gabbert during his time and Jacksonville and opened the door for Henne to become the team's starting quarterback.
Gabbert was drafted while David Garrard was still the starter of the team. Ironically, it was an injury to Garrard – to his back – that opened the door for Gabbert. Luke McCown inherited the starting position for the team in 2011, but his performance against the New York Jets, a four interception outing, prompted then head coach Jack Del Rio to name Gabbert the starter for the remainder of the season.