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Kyle Shanahan: Sam Darnold has as good of a skillset as there is

The 49ers signed Sam Darnold to give themselves another option at quarterback with Brock Purdy‘s status unclear after his elbow surgery.Earlier this week at the annual league meeting, head coach Kyle Shanahan said Darnold “has as good of a skillset as there is.”“That’s why he went as the third pick in the draft,” Shanahan said [more]

49ers still hoping for the best from Javon Kinlaw now that he’s healthy

If Javon Kinlaw had stayed healthy and become what the 49ers thought when they drafted him 14th overall, they likely wouldn’t have pursued Javon Hargrave in free agency this offseason.If and’s and but’s. . . . The team’s addition of Hargrave will put Kinlaw in a backup role heading into this season, but 49ers General [more]

Kyle Shanahan: Jimmy Garoppolo’s time with the 49ers was extremely successful

At this time last year, the 49ers were preparing to say goodbye to Jimmy Garoppolo as they moved on to Trey Lance as their starting quarterback.But that departure never happened in 2022, as Garoppolo eventually agreed to an adjusted contract to stick with San Francisco as the club’s backup.Then Garoppolo played most of the year. [more]

Ron Rivera: We’d like to think Sam Howell has the same type of ability, skill set as Brock Purdy

As head coach Ron Rivera put it, the Commanders never really considered pursuing quarterback Lamar Jackson this offseason.Instead, the club is focused on Sam Howell, who will enter the offseason program as the team’s first quarterback — though Rivera has maintained that doesn’t quite make him the starter just yet.On Tuesday, Rivera noted that Howell [more]

Owners table third quarterback rule, but there is a “lot of support” for it

The 49ers lost both of their active quarterbacks to injuries in the NFC Championship Game, essentially turning them into a run-only offense and ending any chance they had of upsetting the Eagles. That prompted a call for a return of the emergency quarterback.The Lions formally proposed a rule that would allow for a third quarterback [more]

49ers expect another Bay Area Super Bowl soon

The 49ers are expecting to host another Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium soon.49ers owner Jed York said today that the team is in the process of getting a $120 million loan from the NFL’s stadium fund for improvements on Levi’s Stadium that would make the stadium fit to host another Super Bowl.“My optimism is very [more]

Kyle Shanahan: It’s going to be harder for Trey Lance to win starting job

Trey Lance began last year as the 49ers starting quarterback.But his time as QB1 didn’t last long, as he suffered a fractured ankle in just the second game of the season.Because Brock Purdy‘s elbow injury will keep him from participating in the offseason program, Lance will have a chance to take major reps this spring [more]

Kyle Shanahan: We’ll see in three months if Brock Purdy will be ready for camp

The 49ers will head into the start of the offseason program next month with Trey Lance and Sam Darnold as their healthy quarterbacks.But Brock Purdy‘s recovery from elbow surgery will loom over the proceedings.Head coach Kyle Shanahan reiterated on Tuesday what G.M. John Lynch said on Monday — that Purdy is the leader in the [more]

49ers will exercise Brandon Aiyuk’s fifth-year option as other teams express trade interest

General Manager John Lynch said Monday the team plans to exercise Brandon Aiyuk‘s fifth-year option, which will pay the receiver $14.12 million in 2024.“Brandon’s been excellent for us,” Lynch said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’d be shocked if we didn’t. We still have some time. . . We’re still discussing, but [more]

49ers sign Matt Pryor

The 49ers have signed offensive tackle Matt Pryor, General Manager John Lynch told beat reporters Monday.Pryor, 28, will compete with Colton McKivitz for the right tackle job vacated by the departure of Mike McGlinchey.“Colton is the guy right now,” Lynch said, via Jennifer Lee Chan of “We just signed Matt Pryor. He is a [more]

John Lynch: We listen to anything, but we like Trey Lance on our team

About two years ago, the 49ers traded up to acquire the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 draft.That selection turned into quarterback Trey Lance.But after Lance missed nearly all of the 2022 season due to injury, San Francisco General Manager John Lynch said on Monday that 2022 seventh-round pick Brock Purdy is the “leader [more]

John Lynch: Purdy, Lance and Darnold will compete for starting QB, Purdy is in the lead

The 49ers plan a three-way quarterback competition this season, but not all three quarterbacks are starting on equal footing — at least not if Brock Purdy is healthy.That’s the word from 49ers General Manager John Lynch, who said today that Purdy, who led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game as a rookie, will enter [more]

Dave Ziegler “confident” Jimmy Garoppolo will improve the Raiders

The Raiders made the decision at the end of last season that they needed to get better at the most important position in football. They benched Derek Carr the final two games of last season and released him last month after nine seasons as the team’s quarterback.They signed Jimmy Garoppolo in free agency, and General [more]

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