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Blaine Gabbert? Nice But Not Likely

by Eric Tellez for NFLMIX.COM


It is being reported that former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert held a private workout yesterday that was attended by a who's who of Arizona Cardinals executives. Among those in attendance were head coach Ken Whisenhunt, general manager Rod Graves, director of personnel Steve Keim, and the team's owners; Michael and Bill Bidwell. It has also been reported, by ESPN's Chris Mortenson, that at the conclusion of the workout Gabbert attended dinner with the Arizona brass and that all signs seemed to be looking positive.

As a Cards fan, I am thrilled that the team is looking to address its quarterback problems. I was asking for the same thing no-more than a couple of weeks ago but there are still some wrenches in works that concern me. Even though the Cardinals do have the #5 pick in the draft there is a strong possibility that Gabbert doesn't fall that far. Let's look at the variables:

#1 pick belongs to the Carolina Panthers. It's not much of a stretch to think that Gabbert could go to the Panthers who have a new coach and have shown no allegiances to the quarterback the drafted last year, Jimmy Clausen. Looking back, the Panthers might not have been all that sure about Clausen at that time either, in addition to Clausen they drafted two other quarterbacks; Armanti Edwards and Tony Pike. Edwards was drafted as a wide receiver but there was nothing to keep the team from transitioning him back like the Minnesota Vikings did with Joe Webb.

#3 pick belongs to Buffalo Bills. The Bills are not sold entirely on Ryan Fitzpatrick and have already stated they are heavily considering taking a quarterback in this year's draft. The Bills have a lot of needs at a lot of positions but you can not rule them out of the equation.

#4 pick belongs to the Cincinnati Bengals. Carson Palmer wants out of Cincy, wants out bad enough that he is threatening to retire if not being granted a trade. Having Palmer retire doesn't help the Bengals because they lose the player, get nothing in return and won't have a quarterback. If they can draft a quarterback and then trade Palmer they are in much better shape. Have to love brotherly loyalty, if Palmer walks the QB that takes over is his younger brother, Jordan. Oh ya, and you can't forget that Carson says he has $80-million in bank.

As much I'd love to see a quarterback brought in but I just can't see Gabbert falling this far anymore. Perhaps the future of the position may have to rest on the shoulders of Washington's Jake Locker.


Eric Tellez has been a team reporter for NFLMIX.COM for 2-years. You can reach him at footballfreepress@yahoo.com to talk about the Cardinals or your favorite team.

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