Report: Blaine Gabbert to sign with Chiefs

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The Chiefs have found a new backup quarterback.

Blaine Gabbert is signing with Kansas City, Pat McAfee reported on the Tuesday edition of his show.

Gabbert, the 10th overall pick of the 2011 draft, spent the last four seasons with the Buccaneers — the last three backing up Tony Brady. He appeared in 11 games over that span, completing 22-of-35 passes for 239 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Jaguars drafted Gabbert and traded him to the 49ers in March 2014. He spent three seasons with San Francisco before joining the Cardinals in 2017. After a season with Tennessee in 2018, he reunited with then-head coach Bruce Arians with the Buccaneers.

Gabbert replaces Chad Henne as the backup to Patrick Mahomes. Henne retired after winning Super Bowl LVII.

The Chiefs’ backup QB is an important position, as Henne has played some key snaps in the last few years. The most recent example is the Chiefs’ divisional-round victory over the Jaguars, during which Henne led a touchdown drive midway through the game when Mahomes had to exit with his ankle injury.

Henne was 5-of-7 passing for 23 yards with a TD in that game.

17 responses to “Report: Blaine Gabbert to sign with Chiefs

  1. There will be naysayers who will respond to this, but I for one wish him well. Gabbert has been around the League for 12 years and, although he has not been a long time starter, he has proven himself to be available when the need arises.

  2. Kansas City fans have been bagging on Gabbert for a decade. Now he’s a really great, fine, quality backup right? He’s the only one capable of coming in for Mahomes if he’s injured, right?

  3. This is a good signing by the Chiefs. Gabbert is an experienced career backup in much the same vein as Henne and Moore. Plus he’s a Missouri native and Mizzou alum so he’s literally coming home.

    Welcome back, Blaine!

  4. Man Gabbert was never any good if he couldn’t beat out Tony Brady for 3 years.

  5. Blaine’s been doing a good job with his career/earnings, and will now likely add a couple of title rings to boot.

  6. Gabbert has it figured out – Back-up future hall of fame Qbs, collect checks, rings, and stay healthy.

  7. Can’t believe I didn’t think of this. Very smart pickup. He fits right into that Henne-Moore-Foles mold of a guy who can step in and keep the ship sailing very, very well.

    Speaking of Foles, he would have been a great pickup too. He only gave arguably the best QB performance in SB history, so that seems like a useful capacity for a team like this to have on board.

    But this is a great move. They will be glad they picked up Gabbert.

  8. mackcarrington says:
    April 18, 2023 at 2:27 pm
    Kansas City fans have been bagging on Gabbert for a decade.
    Huh? No one in Kansas City has been bagging on Gabbert for a decade. Surprisingly enough, we don’t sit around talking about backup QB’s in the other conference.

  9. Dumb move by the Chiefs. This guy sucks. The offense will suck if Gabbert starts a game. He is terrible!

  10. mackcarrington says:
    April 18, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    KC fan here – I haven’t seen anyone bagging on Gabbert for years. A lot of KC fans have watched Gabbert since his college days at Missouri. He’s not a starting caliber NFL QB, but has carved out a role as a backup much like Chase Daniels. Going from backing up Brady to Mahomes is not a bad gig.
    Let’s be honest though – should Mahomes miss any extended time then the offense would not look the same no matter the backup.Same can be said for Allen, Burrow, Herbert or Lawrence. The AFC teams that have their franchise QB in place and not hoping for their QB to take a jump, looking to draft a QB or stuck with a starter who should be backing up one of top-level QB’s.

  11. Gabbert value comes from the work he does on the sideline. He studies each play and advises the starter on what he is seeing. He is more a coach at this point in his career. He is capable of starting for a few games but that’s all you would want to see of him on the field.

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