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Blaine Gabbert Jaguars starting QB in 2013, most likely

Sam Greenwood

The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the process of evaluating their current roster so that David Caldwell can make plans with what to do in NFL free agency and begin planning for the NFL Draft in April. One of the biggest questions going forward however, is going to be at the quarterback position for the Jaguars. Currently, the team has both Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne under contract, but the outlook at what's available isn't very good.

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The crop of free agent quarterbacks, barring a Matt Flynn or Alex Smith, looks bleak. Even if those two players hit the open market, how much is it going to cost for them to come in? You'd almost have to pay them to be your starting quarterback and one of them in Flynn is a complete unknown.

"We've got the second-youngest quarterback in the NFL,'' Caldwell told Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union. "That was his second year. What were they saying about other quarterbacks after their second year? We're looking for improvement [in his third year]. We need to build around him. We'll upgrade whenever we can upgrade.''

It's more than likely just "team speak" from Caldwell, but the reality of the situation that the opportunity to upgrade the position is going to be limited. If the Kansas City Chiefs pass on Geno Smith in the first round, it will give the Jaguars something long and hard to think about with the second overall pick, but outside of that it's likely a quarterback is going to come in the mid-rounds of the draft more so than free agency.

As of right now however, it seems that Gabbert will be the front runner for the position, which shouldn't be much of a surprise.