The 49ers need to add a quarterback or two to their roster.
On Tuesday, general manager John Lynch talked about the need to insulate themselves at the position. The quarterback who led them to the NFC championship game, Brock Purdy, needs surgery on his throwing arm. And the quarterback they used three first round picks to acquire, Trey Lance, is still very much an unknown quantity.
San Francisco’s quarterback plans may have become a little clearer on Saturday morning.
According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, the 49ers could take a run at Baker Mayfield.
“I don’t, for what it’s worth, think that San Francisco’s going to break the bank. But I could absolutely see Lynch and Kyle Shanahan going in on someone like Baker Mayfield, who has experience in that type of offense and a boatload of starting experience,” said Breer. “Keep an eye on that one.”
There are a few ways I see this playing out.
First thought, they don’t believe Purdy will be able to return until late in the season. Purdy’s UCL surgery is reported to take anywhere from six months to a year to come back from depending on the type of procedure he undergoes.
Second thought, the 49ers don’t believe Trey Lance can stay healthy or be a quarterback they can win with right now. Lance has made only four starts in two seasons with the team and been sidelined with injuries twice.
Third thought, San Francisco is on the hook for a cap hit of more than $9.3 million for Lance in 2023. If they don’t believe he is the long-term solution, they can sign a player like Mayfield for less then trade Lance for a player or picks.
Robbie Gould update
Quarterback wasn’t the only 49ers news to break on Saturday morning. According to NFL Insider, Adam Schefter, Robbie Gould will test free agency and expects to be kicking for a new team in 2023.
When asked about Gould on Tuesday, Lynch told reporters San Francisco did not plan to use the franchise tag on the 40-year-old kicker.
San Francisco got a good look at draft eligible kickers at the NFL scouting combine on Friday and will also look to free agency if Gould does indeed go elsewhere.
‘We’re not done with that,” said Lynch. “Part of the whole Robbie situation is we got to do our work here, and you want to give Robbie as much time to pivot as possible. But we have to do our evaluations here.”