Gabbert seeks fresh start under Harbaugh

Blaine Gabbert's early-career NFL struggles were certainly different than the troubles Jonathan Martin experienced in his young career.

However, like Martin, Gabbert is looking at his trade to the San Francisco 49ers the same way that Martin did.

"It's an opportunity for a fresh start, and you don't find those very often in the National Football League," Gabbert said in a conference call with media Friday afternoon. "I like to help this team in any way I can."

Martin, who dealt with bullying issues in Miami last season as outlined in the Wells Report, had a similar message when he addressed the media Thursday evening. The 49ers acquired both players this week for low-round draft picks.

Gabbert was the No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 draft. He went 26 picks higher than when the 49ers took starter Colin Kaepernick. Gabbert is grateful the 49ers are giving him a chance after he struggled as the starter in Jacksonville and will be Kaepernick's backup.

The 49ers had their eye on Gabbert in the draft process. Coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke attended his pro day at Missouri and Gabbert had a pre-draft visit to San Francisco.

Gabbert is exited to finally work under 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."