Blaine Gabbert will get a second chance to win the first reserve quarterback spot with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this time behind all-time great Tom Brady.
On Friday, the Buccaneers announced that they had re-signed Gabbert, who spent most of the 2019 season on their injured reserve list, to a one-year contract. A 10th-year veteran and former first-round draft pick, Gabbert has starting experience in Bruce Arians' offense from their time together with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Buccaneers first signed Gabbert last March after he had spent the 2018 season with the Tennessee Titans. He competed with Ryan Griffin for the primary backup job but dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the third preseason game. Tampa Bay initially kept both reserve quarterbacks on the 53-man roster but later placed Gabbert on injured reserve in late September. Gabbert again joins Griffin on the Bucs' depth chart along with the newly-signed Brady.
Gabbert (6-5, 235) first entered the NFL as the 10th-overall pick of the 2011 draft, selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played three seasons in Jacksonville and made 27 starts, including 14 in his rookie campaign. The Jaguars traded Gabbert to San Francisco in March of 2014 and he made 13 more starts over three seasons with the 49ers. He then signed with Arians' Cardinals in 2017 and opened five games for Arizona, compiling a 2-3 record.
In all, Gabbert has played in 56 games and made 48 starts. He has completed 842 of his 1,498 pass attempts for 9,063 yards, 48 touchdowns and 47 interceptions. In Arians' system he connected on 95 of 171 passes for 1,086 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions.
A St. Louis native, Gabbert played his college ball at Missouri.