49ers sign veteran QB Sudfeld to one-year contract


The 49ers made a quarterback move Tuesday, but it wasn’t a splashy one.

The team announced the signing of veteran backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld to a one-year contract. 

Sudfeld, 27, is a Modesto native who appeared in four games for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2017 to 2020. He is 25-for-37 for 188 yards with a touchdown and an interception for his career.

The 49ers’ quarterback situation has been the cause of speculation for months since the end of the 2020 regular season.

Will Jimmy Garoppolo still be with the team in Week 1? Who will the 49ers draft with the No. 3 overall pick? Will the rookie supplant Jimmy G from the jump?

This wasn’t the bombshell quarterback news everyone was waiting for, but the 49ers now have four QBs on the roster: Garoppolo, Josh Rosen, Josh Johnson and Sudfeld.

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An elite college quarterback is likely on his way to Santa Clara, meaning Rosen, Johnson and Sudfeld likely will be competing for a backup role. Perhaps there could be two spots up for grabs if the 49ers cut ties with Garoppolo without acquiring another quarterback in return.

Sudfeld starred at Indiana University, where he is the school’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (61) and passing yards (7,879).

The Washington Football Team selected Sudfeld in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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