Adam Schefter reports that the 49ers are not interested in signing or trading for a high-profile quarterback following the loss of Jimmy Garoppolo to a season-ending knee injury. Schefter explains that the 49ers don’t see a better solution than C.J. Beathard.
Interestingly enough, Schefter says that some within the league are hoping the 49ers trade for Eagles backup QB Nick Foles, seeing as they have five prime-time games remaining on their schedule. However, Schefter says that the 49ers won’t pursue a trade for Foles or consider re-signing Colin Kaepernick because they think Beathard will “be productive.”
Beathard struggled as a rookie, a team source explained to Schefter that they think Beathard is “better than last year.”
“He’s got a whole offseason (in Shanahan’s system),” Schefter’s source said. “I think there will be a night and day difference. He’s not Garappolo, but I think he’ll be productive.”
One thing to watch for San Francisco is the possibility of signing a quarterback next week. San Francisco brought in a seven free agents quarterback last week for tryouts and sources have told Schefter that they view Tom Savage and Matt Simms as potential options.
Beathard, 25, is a former third-round pick of the 49ers back in 2017. He’s in the second year of his four-year, $3.528 million contract and stands to make base salaries of $625,393 and $785,786 over the next two years of the agreement.
In 2017, Beathard appeared in seven games for the 49ers and completed 54.9 percent of his passes for 1,430 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns.