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  • Quarterback Gabbert gets fresh start with 49ers

  • SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Blaine Gabbert isn't a stranger to the 49ers, the team he officially joined Friday when he passed a physical to complete his trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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  • SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Blaine Gabbert isn't a stranger to the 49ers, the team he officially joined Friday when he passed a physical to complete his trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
    Three years ago, Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick met in the pre-draft process, and Gabbert also got to know the 49ers' brass, making a visit to Santa Clara.
    "It's an opportunity for a fresh start, and you don't find those very often in the National Football League," Gabbert said.
    Gabbert, 24, is just one of a handful reclamation projects the 49ers have taken on this week, having also traded for Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and agreeing Friday with former Vikings cornerback Chris Cook on a one-year deal. All three players were first- or second-round draft picks.
    Gabbert, the 10th overall pick in 2011, said he has no issue serving as a back up to someone (Kaepernick) drafted 26 spots after him.
    "No, you throw egos aside immediately when you get in the NFL," Gabbert said.
    Gabbert said he texted Kaepernick soon after the trade Tuesday "and I told him I was looking forward to working with him and helping this team any way I can."
    The 49ers' Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke evaluated Gabbert at Missouri's pro day in 2011. The 49ers chose to use the No. 7 pick on Gabbert's college teammate, Aldon Smith, but Gabbert is excited about reconnecting with Harbaugh.
    "He's had success with Alex Smith and now Colin. He's had a great track record with quarterbacks," Gabbert said. "He's another asset I can use to get better and in return help this team in any way possible."
    Gabbert also has a connection with Smith, the former 49ers quarterback who was traded a year ago to Kansas City. Last offseason, the two trained together in San Diego, along with Chiefs backup Chase Daniels and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
    Gabbert looks at Smith's career revival as a blueprint for his own turnaround, noting: "He's a guy you look at and try to emulate yourself after, seeing the struggles he went through early in his career and the way he persevered through injuries and all those changes."
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