Report: 49ers guarantee Nate Sudfeld $2 million to entice him to return

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Nate Sudfeld didn’t play a down for the 49ers last season. San Francisco, though, re-signed the quarterback Thursday, and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Sudfeld received a fully guaranteed one-year, $2 million contract.

Sudfeld, 28, can earn up to $3 million in incentives.

Two other teams were interested in signing Sudfeld, according to Schefter.

The deal indicates the 49ers expect Sudfeld to back up Trey Lance this season. Jimmy Garoppolo is the only other quarterback on the roster, and the team could trade him sooner than later despite his shoulder surgery this week.

Lance, the No. 3 overall choice in 2021, cited Sudfeld as one of his mentors during his rookie season.

Kyle Shanahan likes carrying only two quarterbacks on the 53-player roster. Sudfeld spent most of last season on the practice squad as the third quarterback, but the 49ers did show their appreciation to him by activating him from the practice squad for the NFC Championship Game. Although Sudfeld was inactive, he earned some extra money through the 49ers’ gesture.

Sudfeld entered the league as a sixth-round choice of Washington in 2016. He spent four seasons with the Eagles, where he saw his only career action. Sudfeld has played 69 career snaps in four games and has thrown 37 passes.

10 responses to “Report: 49ers guarantee Nate Sudfeld $2 million to entice him to return

  1. This article will lead some to believe the 49ers are leaning to starting the season with Trey Lance and Nate Sudfeld, 1& 2. If the 49ers are planning to do this they must have a lot of confidence in both players.
    Lance, with his lack of playing time in 2021, could for all intents and purposes, be regarded as a rookie. Whereas, Sudfeld has never started a regular NFL game before.
    If this is what comes to pass, no pun intended and they play the greater majority of the downs, I believe they will be hard pressed to make the playoffs let alone win the nfc championship as so many fans have already bet they will.

  2. $2M for a scrub that doesn’t even play? You gotta be kidding me! Nice work if you can get it.

  3. Being a fifth rate QB and being a career back-up for $2,000,000 a year? Where do I get an application?

  4. You mean the Eagles former tank quarterback?

    He and Nathan Peterman are a wonderment.

  5. Considering Trey got injured after two games last year, this guy will be starting more games than most think.

  6. Garoppolo is done but this isn’t a crazy amount for the backup considering what Cleveland pays Keenum

  7. If Lance had started all 17 games extrapolated from what he did in 2021.
    Lance 4100 yards with 34 TDs and 14 interceptions with 1142 yards rushing
    Jimmy Garoppolo if he had played all 17 games
    Garoppolo 4467 yards with 23 TDs and 14 interceptions with 60 yards rushing

    Trey might not be the ‘guy’ yet, but he is certainly as good, if not better than Jimmy now. He isn’t going to get better, or become the guy, by sitting on the bench.

  8. “macjonespick6 says:
    March 11, 2022 at 4:23 am
    You mean the Eagles former tank quarterback?”
    Boo-hoo, a six win team didn’t win a division.
    BTW, how many all pro votes did Hurts get?

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