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Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Cardinals, QB Gabbert agree on 1-year deal

Cardinals, QB Gabbert agree on 1-year deal

Blaine Gabbert on Wednesday signed a one-year deal to join the Arizona Cardinals, according to a report from ESPN, where he'll join the competition for a roster spot after losing his starting job with the 49ers during a miserable 2016. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been officially announced by the team.

Over a six-year National Football League 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.

For his career, Gabbert has completed 56 percent of his passes for 7,351 yards, 38 touchdowns and 37 interceptions.

Gabbert gives the Cardinals another veteran behind Carson Palmer after Arizona got leapfrogged for rookie Patrick Mahomes in the draft. It also makes sense, with coach Bruce Arians talking often about managing Palmer's throwing reps, the Cards will have four other QBs to make throws as the team works in both the Phase 2 work now and Phase 3's organized team activities that begin next week. Zac Dysert is another quarterback on the Arizona squad.

Last year, Gabbert made one start against the Cardinals and was 18 of 31 for 162 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in a 33-21 loss. After starting 24 games over three seasons with Jacksonville, he was traded to the 49ers in March of 2014 for a sixth-round pick.

Gabbert was the No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars but struggled to a 5-22 record as a starter in three years.

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