Report: Jaguars sign QB Chad Henne to 2-year deal

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
The Jaguars add another QB to push Gabbert. (Getty Images)

The Jaguars signed former Cowboys wide receiver Laurent Robinson Wednesday and hours later they added quarterback Chad Henne, who spent the previous four years with the Dolphins. Henne inked a two-year deal, according to the Florida Times-Union's Tania Ganugli.

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The former second-round pick out of Michigan was our fifth-rated quarterback heading into free agency and now there's the very real chance he gets an opportunity to start next season. Incumbent Blaine Gabbert, the Jaguars' 2011 first-round pick, struggled as a rookie though, to be fair, it's not like he had anyone to throw to.

Either way, if Gabbert doesn't show improvement over the first four or five games, it's reasonable to assume that Henne will get a shot. After all, there was a recent report that teams were interested in paying him $4 million a year with the understanding that he would compete for a starting job.

Certainly sounds a lot like Jacksonville's situation.

"Regarded in some circles as a better alternative than second-tier retreads like Jason Campbell, David Garrard, Vince Young and Kyle Orton, Henne is expected to land a contract that averages between $4 million to $5 million a season," FoxSports.com's Alex Marvez wrote late last month. "Excluding demoted starters, the NFL's top backup quarterbacks command no more than $3 million a year."

We'll repeat what we wrote several weeks ago:

Not bad for a guy who never lived up to expectations in Miami. Then again, we'd take Henne over Garrard, Young and Orton. (We have a soft spot for Campbell, who must've been a horrible person in a previous life to suffer his NFL fate in this one.)

We say that with the understanding that Henne is a backup, not a guy you build a team around, which is the same conclusion the Dolphins came to. So why does there appear to be legitimate interest in him? First: it's slim pickins' (see this link again). Second: just like the combine, coaches, scouts and front-office types fall in love with measurables. Hennelookslike he should be good. And at times, he's shown promise. But frustratingly inconsistent is a more apt description of his first four years in the league.

But as PFT's Gregg Rosenthal noted earlier this month, he'd take Henne over Mark Sanchez. This redefines the term "soft bigotry of low expectations." Put differently: in the right system, Henne would be adequate, maybe slightly better. And in the right system, that could be good enough. Sanchez got two two AFC Championship games, after all.

But Henne and Gabbert aren't the only quarterbacks affected by the move. There's also Tim Tebow, whose precarious spot atop the Broncos' depth chart depends on how thePeyton Manning situation unfolds.

Jacksonville owner Shahid Khan said in February that "100 percent I would have [drafted Tebow]. Absolutely ... Obviously the Rams drafted Sam Bradford, and I was talking to (former owner) Wayne (Weaver) then on what they ought to do. … I don't want to get into 20/20 hindsight, and God help us, the draft record has not been the best with the Jaguars."

But unless the Jags plan to move Tebow to tight end or wide receiver (hey, there's still a need there!) they're all stocked up on quarterbacks. In which case, Tebow's best bet is to hope that Manning signs elsewhere and he maintains his tenuous hold on the starting job in Denver.

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