Gabbert expected to join Cardinals

Posted by Darren Urban on May 10, 2017 – 4:49 pm

With rookies reporting tomorrow for the weekend’s rookie minicamp, it is a veteran who is attracting attention. Nothing official yet, but multiple reports have the Cardinals about to sign quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a one-year contract at the minimum salary. Gabbert recently worked out for the team. Cardinals fans know Gabbert well — he was the starter to begin last season for the 49ers as Colin Kaepernick recovered from injuries, and later was sent to the bench in favor of Kaepernick. The 49ers started over with a new GM and coach, and jettisoned all their QBs.

Gabbert would join a team with a bunch of quarterbacks already. There would have to be a corresponding roster move with his signing, but the expectation is that the Cards stick with five quarterbacks. Carson Palmer is the starter, and I don’t see Gabbert displacing Drew Stanton as the backup. This seems more likely a battle as a third QB, with Zac Dysert and undrafted rookie Trevor Knight. Getting a look-see, at least in offseason work, makes some sense. And with the passing of the comp pick deadline, the signing doesn’t impact the Cards’ anticipated comp pick haul.

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  1. By Adam Smith b1723 fka DTL on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Want to say “Welcome to the fray” to Blaine.

    He deserves a chance with a real team, with a real offense and real weapons. My 180 in part due to listening to this weeks podcast, Kyle, Urb and Pencilneck do a nice job, liked the CB and QB discussions. (Also, recommend Bettcher tape on 98.7).

  2. By Adam Smith b1723 fka DTL on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Just a couple of what ifs:

    What if Gabbert has game? What if the guy can ball?

    What if Ellington can show the flash of that 89 yard wheel route was a precursor to the real Ellington? What if he is a #1 WR hiding at RB?

    Who knows? The point is bravo to Cards for the experiments, the chances they give, take. Well done.

  3. By Scott H on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    OK, thank you, Darren, for clarifying that Stanton’s role is expected to stay the same. As it should. I just saw this story on and their version of the story made NO mention of Drew Stanton, it mentioned all the other QB’s, and they basically touted Gabbert as the guy who the Cardinals would be turning to is anything happens to Palmer. I was ready to pull my damn hair out, wondering if Stanton had actually been released, traded, something. Way to go, Way to know the story.

    Look, we all know Carson Palmer is the only QB on this roster that has the capability to make the Cardinals SB-legit. But I still see Stanton as a guy who can at least keep us credible. I’ve always been a Stanton supporter and for what may be the last year this “window” will be open, I feel best with Stanton as our backup QB.

    As for Gabbert…..whatever. He’s a camp arm….allows Palmer to get more rest during camp….he has some experience….all that good stuff. If he ends up as our 3rd string guy…..OK. You never want to see that guy play and if he does, you know your season is over.

  4. By jeff on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    ba mite b able to salvage gabberts career…as a lifetime mizzou fan I saw every game gabbert played…his development was slowed by leaving school and by being drafted by the jags…has the arm to make any throw but he does not have the it factor that brady/montana etc have. it still boggles my mind that chase Daniel another mizzou alum and who definitely has the it factor is not a starter in this league.

  5. By thegreatgabbert on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Gabbert had more starts and better passing stats as a 21 year old rookie without the benefit of training camp than 32 year old Stanton has in his entire NFL career. Just so you know.

  6. By ivan Oothoudt on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    gabber will be the back up by the end of camp count on it.

  7. By hminus on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    I would LOVE to see the Cards keep CP3/Gabbert & Dysert as 1.2.3.& jettison Stanton instead…this QB room would excite me more than keeping “dancing queen/pick machine”as number two…

  8. By hminus on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Stanton hasn’t been decent since 2014…

  9. By JosEPh on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Competition for Drew not Dysert. Stanton needs to be “pushed” if he has any aspirations for the starting QB spot when CP finally does hang them up. And if Gabbert can beat him out then we have a younger experienced #2 and the team is in better overall shape. And I’m actually a fan of Stanton’s. He just needs solid competition and show improvement. Last 2 preseasons he did not look good. But when called upon to play he did produce a win.

    As for competition with Zak, Gabbert should prove to be better. At least imho.

  10. By CORMAC on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Yaaa Gabbert!!! Hehehe. I know he is not the best but I like the kid. A good solid back up that is on par with Stanton in skill. Great attitude to go with it, which is priceless.

  11. By creditcard on May 10, 2017 | Reply


    Do the Cards have rights or signed the QB from DII, Tiffin State? At least he was a winner and has very impressive stats — raw, but very athletic.

    Just wondering

    I’m not thrilled about Dysert, Gabbert, Knight, Stanton, or when they had Barkley.

  12. By Darren Urban on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Credit —

    RE: Tiffin QB

    He’s not on the roster. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him as a tryout QB in rookie minicamp though.

  13. By creditcard on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Antonio Pipkin is the QB from Tiffin.

    Naturally Tiffin is a small school and players from DII schools need to be brought around slowly — but 65% completion rate and 85 touchdown passes, along with a ton of rushing yards — reveals athleticism and ability to make things happen, which I don’t think Gabbert, Stanton, Knight, and Dysert have those intangibles

  14. By Scott H on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    hminus –

    RE: Stanton hasn’t been decent since 2014

    Well, when has he even PLAYED since 2014? WHEN was he supposed to be decent? C’mon, man. Palmer was healthy all the way through 2015, Stanton never started a game, barely played at all. In 2016, he started one game, played solid, and that was a Cardinals win.

    What body of work are you referring to here???

  15. By jeff on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    THANK GOODNESS WE DID NOT SIGN KAEPERNICK-HE IS LOCKER ROOM CANCER…as he is currently unemployed you gotta think his career is over unless injuries really hurt a team. I think we will save bout 3 mil if we keep gabbert over Stanton….hopefully bask will see that WE HAVE TO HAVE A #2 CORNER EARLY IN CAMP AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET ONE BEFORE THEY ARE ALL SIGNED WITH A TEAM….in any event this roster is far better than many card teams in the past and its wonderful that we can talk about a super bowl run instead of wondering if we will even win 6 games. if we can find a qb after carson we should be in pretty good shape in nfc west for a while…seattle is getting old on defense and running game is shaky…9ers could b on the way up in a few years but lynch is turning over the roster and the rams are, well the rams-unless goff really comes on.

  16. By Coach K on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    Gabbert gets a chance to work with the best quarterback coaches in the league. If any staff can help Blaine reach his full potential, its Moore and B.A.

    Sometimes the right coach changes everything.

  17. By faster on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    gabbert? and the preseason was so exciting until now ….

    but to be fair, lets wait and see if he can make the rooster.

    and floyd got his chance in minnesota, wish him luck.
    now let`s see how good ellington is as a run blocker 🙂

  18. By Scott H on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    Not related but I have to comment on something. I see where Floyd is now a Viking….so I want to ask him – How’s all that love you got from the Patriots working out for you now, dude?

    Sorry, but I just thought it was the most utterly RIDICULOUS thing that he had the nerve to thank the Patriots for all the “love” they showed him while pretty much dissing the Cardinals organization and their fans and gloating over how great it was to be a champion ( to which he contributed absolutely NOTHING ).. This, AFTER he gets arrested for being found passed out behind the wheel. Really, Michael??

    But I’m glad he is getting some love from the Vikings now.

    Good lord, what a disappointment he turned out to be.

  19. By drblogubc on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    November 29, 2015 in San Francisco. Cardinals squeaked out a win but Gabbert had a higher QBR than Palmer, throwing 318 yards against a tough Cardinal defense. At the age of 27, I think he still has lots of potential and will be interested to see how he does with this team.

  20. By Rick Chancellor on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    This a good deal for both player and the team. Get some good completion at QB. We will see if our backups are that good.

  21. By Scott H on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    drblogubc –

    I remember the game against the 49ers you speak of but…be careful what you take from it. Gabbert may have “out-played” Palmer statistically that day but let’s be honest – the WHOLE TEAM was just flat that day. For whatever reason, they were just completely flat, just as they were in the first half of a game against the Browns earlier that season. Maybe they just had a hard time finding the motivation to get up for those bad teams, who knows? It happens every year in the NFL, that good teams fall flat against bad teams. I’m just glad we got out of San Fran that day with a win ( a win, BTW, that Palmer helped achieve with a tough RUN for a TD ).

    On Palmer’s better days during the 2015 season – and there were many – you wouldn’t even be able to mention Carson Palmer and Blaine Gabbert in the same sentence.

    Our D was flat that day, too. On a more typical day, they probably eat Gabbert alive. Let Gabbert see the defense that ran Aaron Rodgers out of UoP stadium later that season. Please. He’d still be in therapy.

  22. By Big Ken on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    Signs a one veteran minimum deal, can’t beat that.

  23. By clssylssy on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    This signing doesn’t surprise me, as more bad decisions from the top on down. I guess the best thing one can say is that this was a “safe” decision as far as having a third backup, Gabbart does have NFL experience and is so vanilla a player that people don’t even remember him being in the NFL when there are conversation about available talent. One thing oursiders and newbie fans don’t get about the chemistry and pecking order of the Cards is that Stanton is BA’s guy and has been there when Palmer went down, he knows the offense and, as importantly, exactly what BA expects and wants his QB to do. If Gabbart is happy in his role holding a clipboard and has no real aspirations for a career, it’s not a bad gig–it’s a job without much in the way of expectations and a check.

  24. By drblogubc on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H – good comments that add some perspective. By the way, I just watched the replay of the TD Palmer ran in and the ensuing spike of the ball … entertaining!

  25. By faster on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    gabbert over kaepernick? where can i buy this blinders?
    don`t get me wrong, i don`t believe, we would get kap for 900k.

    and dwash released, it would be nice to know, if the decision was made on a physical or psychical base? was he so totaly out of shape or was the risk for the lockerroom to much? or were his expectations about his salary to high?

    and now i expect some good news next, fingers crossed ..

  26. By faster on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    @scott h, in my country its abolutely legal, to drive with as much acohol as floyd. so please don`t compare it with childkilling.
    as some others wrote, the NFL (and the whole US) handling of drugs is very confusing.

  27. By Scott H on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    faster –

    Sorry but I have no idea what you are referring to when you tell ME to not compare what Floyd did to…..CHILD-KILLING??? I’m sorry, did you say CHILD-KILLING??? Dude, you must be kidding me. I have NEVER used that term on this blog or anywhere else, for that matter. I don’t know what YOUR issues are here, but don’t put words like that in MY mouth.

    I have no idea what country you are from or what their laws allow or do not allow. Michael Floyd did what he did in this country. And in this country, what he did is NOT allowed.

  28. By Big Ken on May 11, 2017 | Reply

    Coach K is correct. There couldn’t be a better situation for Blaine Gabbert. I just hope he doesn’t turn into Plain Gabbert.

  29. By Eazy E on May 12, 2017 | Reply

    Gabbert over Kaepernick… Let that marinate..

  30. By Marlin on May 12, 2017 | Reply

    Gabbert is here to push Stanton. Plain and Simple.

  31. By Lifetime Fan on May 12, 2017 | Reply

    I love how all you guys hate on Stanton just because they bring in career washout Blaine Gabbert…Gabbert has had some games with decent stat-lines, but stats don’t win games, Stanton does.

  32. By Scott H on May 13, 2017 | Reply

    Darren –

    Can you confirm this for me – doesn’t Drew Stanton have a winning record as a starter for the Cardinals during the time he’s been here?

  33. By Darren Urban on May 13, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Stanton

    As a starter with the Cardinals, Stanton is 6-3. That includes the win in St. Louis in 2014 he got hurt during, a game in which Lindley finished. It does not include the game he came in to replace Palmer when Palmer tore his ACL in the previous 2014 game against the Rams in which the Cards were losing at that moment and came back to win.

  34. By Scott H on May 15, 2017 | Reply

    Darren –

    RE: Stanton, winning record as a Cardinals starting QB

    Thank you. That is pretty close to where I thought it was.

    Amazing….that the man has a WINNING RECORD as a starting QB for this team, yet so many FANS of this team have no regard for him. None at all. I hear people making statements that we should ditch Stanton, kick him to the curb now that we have Blaine Gabbert ( really, folks??? Are ya KIDDING me??? ) on board.

    Ya know what, Stanton haters? When Blaine Gabbert has a winning record as a starting QB in the NFL, get back to me. Stanton may have retired by then, but…..

    Un-believable. I mean, I would expect Drew Stanton to be disregarded by fans of other teams. Yeah, he’s ( probably ) a career back-up, we all know that. But among Cardinals fans – fans of the team he’s won two thirds of the games he’s started for? No. It would seem he should get a little more respect than he does.

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