The Las Vegas Raiders made the signing of Jimmy Garoppolo official on Friday. However, they may not be done addressing their quarterback situation, as they hosted another veteran quarterback on Saturday.
The team notably let Jarrett Stidham walk in free agency, as he signed with the Denver Broncos. That means that the backup quarterback job is still up for grabs. Veteran quarterback Blaine Gabbert may be the perfect player to fill that role.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Raiders hosted Gabbert on a visit on Friday to potentially become the backup for Garoppolo.
Gabbert is most well-known for being a first-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He most recently backup up Tom Brady for the past three seasons in his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Many around the NFL world took notice of this development and offered some mixed opinions on Gabbert potentially heading to Las Vegas.
Gabbert has largely been a journeyman throughout his career, but his 11 years of NFL experience is certainly something that can be valuable to the Raiders quarterback room.
Whoever ends up backing up Garoppolo undoubtedly needs to be available to come in at a moment’s notice. Garoppolo notably missed the second half of the season last year after breaking his foot and is also coming off shoulder surgery that he underwent last offseason.
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