The Jacksonville Jaguars continued to lock up some of their free agents by re-signing quarterback Chad Henne to a two-year deal on Friday.
This move wasn’t a surprise to most, and it certainly does not prohibit the Jaguars from taking a quarterback with the 3rd overall pick. While some might see the Henne signing as an indication David Caldwell is looking for a quarterback later in the draft, I think that’s quite a leap. Henne is ideally a backup and clearly not this team’s starter going into the next several years. He really got signed to act as a stable veteran presence who knows the offense and can come in and win a game or two if need be.
There is absolutely no sane logic in thinking that signing Chad Henne – a guy who has thrown for more interceptions than touchdowns and has a career completion percentage under 60% – means the Jaguars won’t draft a franchise quarterback at 3rd overall. This is just a team signing a backup quarterback.
The person who should be most worried is Blaine Gabbert. Henne’s signing probably signals the end of the Gabbert “era” in Jacksonville. The Jaguars likely won’t be taking 3 quarterbacks on the active roster, especially not a guy like Gabbert who absolutely should not see the field.
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