San Francisco 49ers Sign Former Panthers Quarterback

The San Francisco 49ers have signed quarterback Sam Darnold to an undisclosed one-year deal, according to multiple sources.

Darnold, who was previously with the Carolina Panthers, will provide insurance at QB for the Niners behind Trey Lance, as Brock Purdy recovers from elbow surgery.

Darnold was the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but has struggled in his time in the league.

Last season, he only started six games for the Panthers, throwing for 1,143 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions on 140 attempts. However, the 49ers are hoping that their quarterback-friendly offense, led by head coach Kyle Shanahan, can help Darnold get back on track. 

If Darnold does end up starting games for the 49ers in the upcoming season, it will likely be due to injuries to both Lance and Purdy. Lance is recovering from an ankle injury, while Purdy recently underwent elbow surgery.

Despite the uncertainty at the QB position, the 49ers are optimistic that Darnold can be a valuable addition to their roster. 

Entering his sixth NFL season, the 25-year-old holds a 59.7 completion percentage with 61 touchdowns and 55 interceptions over 56 games played in his career.
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