Gabbert reached an agreement to sign with the Titans on Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.
The Titans were searching for an upgrade for their No. 2 quarterback spot after releasing Matt Cassel earlier in March. While not exactly reliable, Gabbert is at least closer to Marcus Mariota in terms of playing style, having run for 440 yards on 94 carries (4.7 average) in 19 appearances for the 49ers and Cardinals the past three seasons. The 2011 first-round pick went 2-3 in five starts for Arizona last year, completing 95 of 171 passes (55.6 percent) for 1,086 yards (6.4 per attempt), with six touchdowns, six interceptions, 23 sacks and seven fumbles (two lost). Gabbert may have to fend off Alex Tanney or another veteran in a competition for Tennessee's backup job.
Following the retirements of quarterback Carson Palmer and head coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals are starting from scratch from a scheme standpoint, which will be dictated by whoever GM Steve Keim brings in to replace Arians. As such, the quarterback room will have a different look from 2017, with Arians' favorite and unrestricted free agent Drew Stanton (torn ACL) almost certainly out of the picture. Gabbert could be in the same boat after an uninspiring run as Arizona's starting QB for five games this season. Overall, he completed just 55.6 percent of his throws for 1,086 yards and six touchdowns versus six interceptions. The 28-year-old will learn of his fate at some point in the coming months.
Drew Stanton will replace Gabbert as the starter for Week 16 against the Giants.
Gabbert showed some promise with five touchdown passes in his first two starts, but he's thrown just one touchdown while taking 20 sacks over the past three games. While the supporting cast has obviously been a huge issue, it's still difficult to put a silver lining on his 55.6 completion percentage, 6:6 TD:INT ratio and league-worst 11.9 percent sack rate (min. 50 attempts). Stanton probably won't be much better, but he also can't possibly be much worse. The Cardinals entered the season with shaky pass-catching depth behind Larry Fitzgerald, and they've now seen both their offensive line and backfield get decimated by injuries.
Gabbert struggled in Sunday's 20-15 loss to Washington, completing just 16 of 41 passes for 189 yards and an interception while adding 28 yards on six rushes.
Gabbert has been awful over the past two weeks, throwing for fewer than 200 yards in each game while mustering a combined 0:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. It doesn't help that he's been sacked a combined 13 times in that span, as well. With the Cardinals offense stuck in low gear, desperate deep-league owners could be in line for a surprisingly effective outing from the Giants defense next week in Arizona.
With Carson Palmer (arm) believed to be considering retirement, Gabbert could be the Cardinals' choice as a short-term bridge while they try to obtain a franchise quarterback. General manager John Keim at one point suggested that Gabbert might actually become that player, but the veteran's performance in four games as the starter hasn't done much to inspire confidence. He's completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 6.9 yards per attempt, tossing five touchdowns and four interceptions while absorbing 18 sacks (4.5 per game) and failing to make an impact as a runner (16 carries for 54 yards). Between his work this year and his performance in San Francisco the past two seasons, Gabbert hasn't provided much indication of being anything more than a solid backup.
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|2015||San Francisco 49ers||8||8||282||178||63.1||2031||7.20||71||10||7||25/164||27||5||86.2|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||6||5||160||91||56.9||925||5.78||75||5||6||11/48||10||1||68.4|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||1||0||1||5||5.0||5||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||8||8||32||185||5.8||44||1||1||8|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||6||5||40||173||4.3||24||2||1||15|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||1||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||8||8||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||6||5||1||-16||-16.0||-16||0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||8||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||6||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2015||San Francisco 49ers||8||4||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|