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49ers add another QB amid Jimmy Garoppolo rumors

Jimmy Garoppolo, Josh Rosen, 49ers

In what continues to be a perplexing, unsolved scenario in The Bay, the San Francisco 49ers announced on Wednesday the signing of another quarterback in professional journeyman Nate Sudfeld on a one-year contract.

The former sixth-round pick out of the 2016 NFL Draft last suited up for the Philadelphia Eagles, where he appeared in four games over the last four years—completing 25-of-37 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown.

Already on the 49ers’ roster at the QB position are incumbent starter Jimmy Garoppolo, former Arizona Cardinals/Miami Dolphins first-rounder Josh Rosen and seven-year pro Josh Johnson in what is an absolute log-jam of a quarterback room.

And of those four quarterbacks, it’s Garoppolo’s future with the 49ers that seems the most murky. Following a successful stint as Tom Brady’s protégé in New England, the former Eastern Illinois University star took his talents to San Francisco and thrived—earning a five-year, $137.5 million deal in 2018.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, more than $48 million was guaranteed on the signing, and more than $74 million was guaranteed for injury. His 2019 and 2020 salaries both became guaranteed on April 1 of those seasons, and his salary cap hit ranges between $20-$27 million from 2021 and 2022.

But Garoppolo’s contract has no further guarantees in these final two years, and all reports point to 49ers  GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan taking a quarterback with the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft (perhaps North Dakota State’s Trey Lance? Alabama’s Mac Jones? Ohio State’s Justin Fields?). Lynch and Shanahan have also committed to Jimmy G, too, with the hopes of grooming a new young star under his tutelage.

With the salary cap the way it is in this 2021 season, though, moving Garoppolo makes financial sense for the 49ers. In a recent interview with NBC Sports, former NFL executive and current ESPN Analyst Mike Greenbaum believes a fresh second-rounder could be the right price.

For the mean time, however, San Francisco has four quarterbacks on the roster heading into the 2021 season. May the best man win the job.