49ers are expected to have Trey Lance and Brock Purdy is healthy enough to play at the start of the regular season, but they are looking to add another experienced starter to the roster in case plans change.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Niners have agreed to one year deal With the former Jets and Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold.
Darnold was the third pick of the 2018 draft by the Jets and was traded to the Panthers in 2021. He was replaced as the starter at Carolina Baker Mayfield missed the previous season and a large part of the year with an ankle injury, but started the final six games of the season.
Darnold was 82–140 for 1,143 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions. The move to the 49ers reunited him with former teammate Christian McCaffrey and former Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilkes, who is now the defensive coordinator in San Francisco.
Purdy had elbow surgery last week to repair an injury sustained in the NFC Championship Game. He is expected to require three months of recovery before starting a rehab program that is expected to last three months. Lance is coming back from a broken ankle that ended his 2022 season.
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