Report: Jaguars sign QB Henne

Posted March 14, 2012 @ 8:25 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated March 15, 2012 @ 2:39 a.m. ET

The Jaguars have added a No. 2 quarterback — or someone to compete with Blaine Gabbert.

According to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville signed QB Chad Henne to a two-year deal on Wednesday.

Henne, a second-round pick by the Dolphins in 2008, was Miami's starter the last three seasons. His 2011 season was cut short by a shoulder injury suffered in Week Four. He threw four touchdowns and four picks last season.

In his career, Henne has thrown 31 touchdowns and 37 interceptions in 31 starts. He has a career completion percentage of 60.7.

Gabbert, the Jags' first-round pick last year, struggled as a rookie. He started 14 games and threw 12 touchdowns and 11 picks with a 50.8 percent completion rate.

The Jets had reportedly been interested in reuniting Henne with Tony Sparano, who is now their offensive coordinator. The Seahawks had planned to host Henne for a visit later this week.

 

Fantasy spin

The Jaguars made their second questionable free-agent signing when they brought Chad Henne in with a two-year deal. Contract details weren't released, but this is another move that has me scratching my head. 

With second-year QB Blaine Gabbert on top of the depth chart, yet having had a poor rookie season, this could get ugly in training camp. Gabbert was the 10th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, and in his defense he worked with a terrible line. It gave up 44 sacks, tied for seventh-worst in the league, so to say Gabbert took a beating is an understatement. The Jaguars did not have a true No. 1 wideout, and outside Mike Thomas, the rest of the WR corps was subpar, so it's no wonder Gabbert failed as a rookie.

Enter Henne, who couldn't succeed as a starter with the Dolphins. In 36 games he passed for 7,114 yards and 31 TDs with 37 interceptions — a per-game average of 197.6 yards and 0.86 TDs with 1.03 interceptions. Those are poor numbers, and one would think the Jaguars would want to bring in a proven veteran as a stopgap to improve the position while providing a mentor for Gabbert.

Henne is neither, which tells me he'll compete for the starting job. Regardless who the starter is, he'll be looking over his shoulder. New head coach Mike Mularkey had his own QB issues during his final season in Buffalo (2005) with Kelly Holcomb and J.P. Losman, so he doesn't inspire confidence in me that he'll handle this situation properly.

The best you can do as a fantasy owner is to avoid this position battle and hope someone emerges who can help balance the offense so it doesn't hurt the value of RB Maurice Jones-Drew.

— William Del Pilar