49ers Sign QB Nate Sudfeld

Nate Sudfeld finished out his Eagles contract in interesting fashion, seeing late-game action in Week 17. The veteran backup will vie for a roster spot elsewhere in 2021.

The 49ers signed Sudfeld on Wednesday, the team announced. A former Washington sixth-round pick, Sudfeld spent the past four seasons in Philadelphia. It’s a one-year deal.

With Carson Wentz unavailable for the 2017 and 2018 postseasons, the Eagles had Sudfeld slotted behind then-starter Nick Foles in each of those years. Sudfeld’s most notable NFL work came in January, when Doug Pederson surprised the football-following world by subbing in his backup late in a game that featured playoff ramifications (though not for the Eagles). Sudfeld fared poorly, helping Washington win the NFC East, and his exit will leave Jalen Hurts alone from Philly’s previous QB room. The Eagles have now moved on from Wentz and Sudfeld, whom they re-signed last year, this offseason.

The Indiana product, who will follow assistant Rich Scangarello from Philly to San Francisco, will head to a 49ers team in transition. The 49ers are set to draft a quarterback at No. 3 overall and are still planning to employ Jimmy Garoppolo in 2021. They have, however, seen four-year backup C.J. Beathard depart, and Nick Mullens is a free agent.

After the first night of the draft, the 49ers’ quarterback depth chart — which also houses Josh Johnson — will be quite crowded. Sudfeld may point Mullens elsewhere. The 2018 and 2020 spot starter is recovering from elbow surgery this offseason. Josh Rosen, though, is also under contract with the 49ers. While Rosen is eligible to be on San Francisco’s practice squad next season, the Sudfeld signing proves somewhat interesting for the former top-10 pick.

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9 comments on “49ers Sign QB Nate Sudfeld

  1. Brownsfan83

    Where do you think garoppolo will go


    Stay with San Francisco
    Or elsewhere I didn’t mention

  2. Thronson5

    Is he good enough to make the roster as a 2nd or 3rd string? Could the 49ers move Jimmy and have Rosen and this guy as their backups? Is this just a camp body signing? Or is competition for Rosen for the 3rd QB. Just thinking out loud and wondering what others think as well. To me it almost feels like signaling Jimmy could be on the move soon or after the draft. But if they are wanting to improve their back up roles I don’t see how a rookie, Rosen & this guy improve the room.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Dudfeld won’t improve their positional depth one bit. They might as well bring back Tom Savage.

  3. jessaumodesto

    Good bye Jimmy G. The Sudfield era begins! For sure drafting Penny Sewel with the 3 pick now!

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