Two hundred and seventy-nine dollars.

That's all the 49ers had left after signing nine undrafted free agents this week.

Unbelievably, they found a taker for the final $279 of their undrafted free agent signing bonus pool.

The contract initially wasn't going to include a signing bonus when general manager John Lynch and Co. planned to sign North Central College quarterback Broc Rutter, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero. But then things changed.

"They gave him a peculiar signing bonus of $279," Pelissero said Friday. "Turns out the original deal included no bonus, but when the 49ers were done signing all their undrafted rookies, they had 279 bucks left over and decided 'Hey, give it to Rutter. Let him take his family out to dinner. His agent Mike McCartney told me after he direct deposits it, he better frame [the check because] it might be the smallest ever."

Rutter was a standout for the North Central College Cardinals (Illinois), leading them to the Division III national championship last season while breaking Division III records for career passing yards (14,265) and most career games with at least 200 passing yards (44).

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Rutter can't take his family out for dinner right now because of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But his hometown of Naperville, Ill. isn't too far from downtown Chicago, so once it's safe to go out, we're sure he'll treat his loved ones to a nice meal.


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