The Titans have agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who spent the 2017 season with the Arizona Cardinals.
“We thought after the evaluation process that Blaine was somebody who had the skills necessary, physically,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said on Tuesday from the NFL owners meetings. “He was a little younger.
“I like his mobility. So we are excited to work with him.”
Gabbert (6-4, 235) is in line to back-up starting quarterback Marcus Mariota with the Titans.
Earlier this offseason the Titans parted ways with quarterback Matt Cassel, the team’s No.2 quarterback the previous two seasons.
Vrabel said he’s confident in Gabbert in the event he’s needed.
A year ago, Mariota started all but one games for the Titans. He was injured at the end of his first two NFL seasons.
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“If you use the metrics, the analytics, clearly that would say that you are probably are going to have to use a back-up quarterback,” Vrabel said. “Nobody would like to use a back-up quarterback. Everybody would like the quarterback to play 20 games and be in the Super Bowl. But we have to be able to get everybody ready to be able to go into the game and be able to execute at a high level.”
Gabbert started five games last season for the Cardinals, and he completed 95-of-171 passes for 1,086 yards, with six touchdowns and eight interceptions, and a 71.9 rating. He was the starting quarterback in Arizona’s 12-7 win over the Titans on December 10, two weeks after throwing for 241 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Jacksonville.
Gabbert, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 draft, started 27 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2011-13. He played the next three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, making eight starts in 2015 and five in 2016.