According to Adam Schefter, the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms with quarterback Sam Darnold.
The third pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Darnold won just 13 games over the first three seasons of his career with the Jets. The former USC Trojan was traded during the 2021 offseason shortly after former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was named head coach for New York.
Starving for a quarterback, the Carolina Panthers sent a 2021 sixth-round pick and second and fourth-round picks in 2022 to New York in exchange for Darnold.
After another down season in 2021, Darnold was replaced by Baker Mayfield and P.J. Walker to begin 2022. Darnold got another chance after Mayfield was benched due to poor play and Walker was injured.
The veteran made the most of his opportunity, leading Carolina to a 4-2 record over the final six weeks of the season after a 3-8 start to the season. Darnold finished 2022 completing just 58.6 percent of his 140 passes with seven touchdowns and three interceptions.
The addition of Darnold is an upgrade at the back end of the 49ers quarterback depth chart.
During Kyle Shanahan’s tenure in San Francisco, the 49ers have used three quarterbacks during a season on four occasions.
Last season saw the 49ers go through four quarterbacks. Trey Lance started the season but lasted just five quarters before being lost for the year. Jimmy Garoppolo replaced Lance in the starting lineup, making ten starts before an injury against Miami put knocked him out. Brock Purdy then stepped in, and led the 49ers to the NFC championship game before getting knocked out just six plays in. Despite not being able to throw, Purdy was forced back into the game when Josh Johnson was lost due to a concussion.