The 49ers hope to have that Trey Lance and Brock Purdy is healthy enough to play at the start of the regular season, but they’re adding another veteran starter to the roster in case that plan needs to change.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Niners have agreed an annual contract with former Jets and Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold.
Darnold was the third pick of the 2018 draft by the Jets and he was traded to the Panthers in 2021. He was replaced as a starter at Carolina by Baker Mayfield missed much of last season with an ankle injury, but started the last six games of the season.
Darnold was 82 of 140 for 1,143 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions in those starts.
Purdy underwent elbow surgery last week to repair the injury he sustained during the NFC Championship Game. He is expected to need three months of recovery before he can begin a rehabilitation program that is expected to last another three months. Lance is returning from the broken ankle that ended his 2022 season.
Sam Darnold Agrees to Deal With 49ers originally appeared on Pro Football Talk