49ers sign QB Tom Savage
Second-year quarterback C.J. Beathard had performed well enough to position his team toward possibly grabbing a huge win. However, the 49ers have made the decision to bring aboard veteran quarterback Tom Savage.
The #49ers have signed QB Tom Savage.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 16, 2018
Savage has spent his first four years in the league with the Houston Texans where he played in 13 games where he made nine starts holding a 2-7 record while completing 181 of 315 passing attempts for 2,000 yards with five touchdowns, seven interceptions, and 11 fumbles. He had joined the New Orleans Saints in free agency back in March but was released by the team just prior to the start of the 2018 regular season. Savage had remained afloat in the free agent market in the last couple of weeks drawing possible interest from other teams dealing with injuries to the quarterback position.
Beathard should continue to be the starter heading into Week 7 action against the Los Angeles Rams. He had put together a solid outing against the Packers where he completed 16-of-23 passes for 245 yards with a pair of touchdowns. This saw him connect with some deep throws down the field with wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for a pair of touchdowns that put the 49ers on top for much of the contest until a late push by the Packers led by Aaron Rodgers and an untimely interception in the final minutes of the fourth quarter did his team in. He has appeared to have done more than enough to keep his job for the time being.
What this move does if anything is provide more depth to the position while potentially put him in play to compete for playing time if Beathard struggles at any point moving forward over the rest of the 2018 season.