Niners sign QB Nate Davis

Quarterback Nate Davis, a fifth-round pick from Ball State, signed a four-year contract with the 49ers today. Davis‘ contract includes a $150,300 signing bonus.


Only receiver Michael Crabtree (first round) and running back Glen Coffee (third round) remain unsigned among the 49ers’ draft picks. Coffee is nearing a contract agreement, and is definitely expected to be signed before rookies are scheduled to report on Tuesday.


The 49ers waived safety Lewis Baker, a first-year player from Oklahoma, to make room for Davis on the 80-man roster.


Davis, a two-time Mid-American Conference offensive player of the year, is one of four quarterbacks on the roster, joining veterans Shaun Hill, Alex Smith and Damon Huard.


Davis received little practice time during the offseason, and it is unclear how much action he will get during training camp and the exhibition season as Hill and Smith wage a competition for the starting job. The 49ers must decide whether to keep three or four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.


The 49ers could take a calculated risk by waiving Davis and signing him back to the practice squad. However, Davis would become available for any team to sign to their active roster. The 49ers were impressed with what they saw from Huard during the offseason, so it appears as if they would be reluctant to part ways with him.


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