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49ers sign Tom Savage to be No. 3 QB; ex-Texan started seven games in 2017

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49ers sign Tom Savage to be No. 3 QB; ex-Texan started seven games in 2017

The 49ers on Tuesday signed veteran quarterback Tom Savage to be the team’s No. 3 quarterback behind starter C.J. Beathard and backup Nick Mullens.

The 49ers waived tight end Cole Wick to make room for Savage on the 53-man roster. They also released offensive lineman Zach Golditch from the practice squad.

Savage, 28, appeared in 13 games with nine starts over four seasons with the Houston Texans. He started seven games last season, completing 56.1 percent of his passes for 1,412 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. He was a fourth-round pick of the Texans in 2014.

"He’s got a strong arm. He’s a very tough player," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "He hangs in that pocket and plays the position well. I was a fan of his coming out of college. He’s gotten to play in a number of NFL games, so he’s been battle tested."

Savage and Matt Simms impressed the 49ers during a workout two days after Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a season-ending knee injury in Week 3. But the 49ers opted to sign Savage because of his experience of playing last season.

The other quarterbacks who tried out were Landry Jones, E.J. Manuel, Kellen Clemens, T.J. Yates and Kyle Allen. 

"He was in a tough situation in Houston that didn’t work out for him," Shanahan said of Savage. "But I got to study him this preseason when he was in New Orleans, and they have some similarities in their offense as ours."

Savage went to camp with the New Orleans Saints this summer but was cut Sept. 1. Shanahan said Savage received praise from Saints coach Sean Payton.

Savage will wear No. 14 for the 49ers.

2019 Senior Bowl: Can 49ers find tight end to pair with George Kittle?

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2019 Senior Bowl: Can 49ers find tight end to pair with George Kittle?

No tight end in the history of the NFL had more single-season receiving yards than the 49ers’ George Kittle did in 2018.

Kittle has played just two NFL seasons and has a bright future ahead of him. But that does not mean the 49ers have no need for depth or another tight end to create mismatch problems.

After all, the other 49ers tight ends – Garrett Celek and Ross Dwelley -- combined for seven receptions for 104 yards while Kittle set the NFL tight ends record 1,377 receiving yards.

[RELATED: How George Kittle wants to get even better after record-breaking season]

The 49ers probably would not look for a tight end during the first two days of the draft, but there might be some intriguing options available later in the draft.

And at least two potential targets have been assigned to the 49ers-coached South team during the week of the Senior Bowl:

Dax Raymond, Utah State, 6-5, 250
Raymond did not have overwhelming college stats. His junior season was marred by a broken hand after 27 catches for 345 yards in 10 games. He turned pro because of his age. He served a two-year mission to Russia.

Jim Nagy compares Raymond to Kittle, saying he expects him to test very well with his athleticism.
Projected: Mid rounds

Josh Oliver, San Jose State, 6-5, 250
Oliver is on the rise. He caught 56 passes as a senior for 709 yards and four touchdowns. He is not afraid to catch the ball in traffic over the middle.
Projected: Mid rounds

North tight end

Donald Parham, Stetson, 6-8, 240
Parham will have a chance to make a huge leap this week after playing small-college football at Stetson. He’s tall. Nagy said he has 35-inch arms and a 36-inch vertical jump.

He is a natural pass-catcher who shows some toughness, too. He was rarely asked to block in college, so how he shows up there could determine how he fits into the NFL picture.
Projected: Late rounds

Quinnen Williams reveals what he'll buy with first NFL paycheck

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Quinnen Williams reveals what he'll buy with first NFL paycheck

Quinnen Williams is about to get paid. 

The former Alabama star defensive lineman declared for the 2019 NFL Draft and is expected to be selected early. It would be a shock to many if he lasted past the Raiders at No. 4 and could be the 49ers' pick at No. 2 overall. 

With the money of a top draft pick coming his way, what will Williams make his first big purchase? 

"I really don't know. I think I'm gonna buy my grandma a car," Williams told TMZ

Williams recently turned 21 years old and admitted he usually doesn't spend much money, putting him in unfamiliar territory come April when the draft will be held. 

"I'm a real tight guy and I don't really spend money," Williams said. "I'm gonna still be wearing the same Nike suits and stuff like that. I ain't gonna be splurgin'."

His pockets are about to get heavier, but Williams will keep his wallet tight off the field.

On the field, NFL teams are salivating at the potential the redshirt sophomore has. And off the field, he seems to have it figured out pretty well, too.