Talkin' QBs -- 49ers and around the NFL


Talkin' QBs -- 49ers and around the NFL

Like most NFL teams, the 49ers kept three quarterbacks after their cut to 53 players.The 49ers gave it a long thought before deciding to part ways with veteran Josh Johnson while keeping Scott Tolzien as the No. 3 guy behind starter Alex Smith and backup Colin Kaepernick.RELATED: Video -- Matt and Mindi finalize the 49ers roster
"I won't delve into every aspect because really there was a lot of body of work," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "There was a lot of thought that went into it. I think about the quarterback position in some form or fashion every day."I can't tell you how close it was. It was a dead heat. Both those players made a great argument for both of them to help our team win on any given Sunday. It was close in the beginning, it remained close all the way through and it was a tough decision."In the NFL, a tie generally goes to the younger, less-expensive player. And such was the case here. Tolzien is 15 12 months younger than Johnson, and his appointment on the roster, instead of Johnson, saves the 49ers nearly 300,000 in salary this season.Following is a listing of each team's active quarterbacks:ARIZONA
Kevin Kolb, Houston, 6
Ryan Lindley, San Diego State, R
Starter: John Skelton, Fordham, 3ATLANTA
Dominique Davis, East Carolina, R
Luke McCown, Louisiana Tech, 9
Starter: Matt Ryan, Boston College, 5 BALTIMORE
Starter: Joe Flacco, Delaware, 5
Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech, 2BUFFALO
Starter: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Harvard, 7
Tarvaris Jackson, Alabama State, 7
Tyler Thigpen, Coastal Carolina, 4CAROLINA
Derek Anderson, Oregon State, 8
Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame, 3
Starter: Cam Newton, Auburn, 2CHICAGO
Jason Campbell, Auburn, 8
Starter: Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt, 7 CINCINNATI
Starter: Andy Dalton, TCU, 2
Bruce Gradkowski, Toledo, 7CLEVELAND
Thaddeus Lewis, Duke, 2
Colt McCoy, Texas, 3
Starter: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, RDALLAS
Kyle Orton, Purdue, 8
Starter: Tony Romo, Eastern Illinois, 10DENVER
Caleb Hanie, Colorado State, 5
Starter: Peyton Manning, Tennessee, 15
Brock Osweiler, Arizona State, RDETROIT
Shaun Hill, Maryland, 11
Kellen Moore, Boise State, R
Starter: Matthew Stafford, Georgia, 4GREEN BAY
Graham Harrell, Texas Tech, 1
Starter: Aaron Rodgers, California, 8HOUSTON
John Beck, Brigham Young, 6
Starter: Matt Schaub, Virginia, 9
T.J. Yates, North Carolina, 2INDIANAPOLIS
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois, R
Starter: Andrew Luck, Stanford, R
Drew Stanton, Michigan State, 5JACKSONVILLE
Starter: Blaine Gabbert, Missouri, 2
Chad Henne, Michigan, 4KANSAS CITY
Starter: Matt Cassel, Southern California, 8
Brady Quinn, Notre Dame, 6
Ricky Stanzi, Iowa, 2MIAMI
Pat Devlin, Delaware, 2
David Garrard, East Carolina, 9
Matt Moore, Oregon State, 6
Starter: Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M, RMINNESOTA
McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Sacramento State, 1
Starter: Christian Ponder, Florida State, 2
Joe Webb, Alabama-Birmingham, 3NEW ENGLAND
Starter: Tom Brady, Michigan, 13
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas, 2NEW ORLEANS
Starter: Drew Brees, Purdue, 12
Chase Daniel, Missouri, 4NEW YORK GIANTS
David Carr, Fresno State, 11
Starter: Eli Manning, Mississippi, 9NEW YORK JETS
Greg McElroy, Alabama, 2
Starter: Mark Sanchez, Southern California, 4
Tim Tebow, Florida, 3OAKLAND
Matt Leinart, Southern California, 7
Starter: Carson Palmer, Southern California, 10
Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State, 2PHILADELPHIA
Trent Edwards, Stanford, 5
Nick Foles, Arizona, R
Starter: Michael Vick, Virginia Tech, 11PITTSBURGH
Charlie Batch, Eastern Michigan, 15
Byron Leftwich, Marshall, 10
Starter: Ben Roethlisberger, Miami (Ohio), 9ST. LOUIS
Starter: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, 3
Austin Davis, Southern Mississippi, RSAN DIEGO
Starter: Philip Rivers, North Carolina State, 9
Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson, 7SAN FRANCISCO
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, 2
Starter: Alex Smith, Utah, 8
Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin, 2SEATTLE
Matt Flynn, Louisiana State, 5
Starter: Russell Wilson, Wisconsin, RTAMPA BAY
Starter: Josh Freeman, Kansas State, 4
Dan Orlovsky, Connecticut, 7TENNESSEE
Matt Hasselbeck, Boston College, 14
Starter: Jake Locker, Washington, 2
Rusty Smith, Florida Atlantic, 3WASHINGTON
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, R
Starter: Robert Griffin III, Baylor, R
Rex Grossman, Florida, 10Note: According to the NFL, the five rookie quarterbacks who will debut as starters is the most since at least 1950. The previous high was three in 1968 (Dan Darragh, Buffalo; Greg Landry, Detroit; and Dewey Warren, Cincinnati) and 1969 (Greg Cook, Cincinnati; James Harris, Buffalo; Roger Staubach, Dallas).

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Denver Post)

--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (

--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (

--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville (NFL Network)

--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)

--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State (Bolden via Twitter)

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers explored trade options for veteran tight end Vance McDonald during the three-day draft, but he is scheduled be back with the team when the club reports Monday for the fourth week of the offseason program.

“I think that’s the reality of new regimes coming, new schemes,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Saturday at the conclusion the seven-round draft. “That’s not to say that he can’t fit into our scheme. Frankly, we received some interest from some other people, then we did explore some options throughout the league with Vance. Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he called McDonald on Friday night to keep him updated on the team’s though process in pursuing trade options. McDonald was at his brother’s wedding, Shanahan said, so he left him a long voice message. McDonald responded Saturday morning with a text. Shanahan said the two men will speak on Monday in Santa Clara.

“We did take over a 2-14 team,” Shanahan said. “We don’t feel all the answers are here right now. We have a lot of work to do. We need to improve in any way possible. And we’re going to do that. We’re going to do that from an organizational standpoint. How can we improve the building? How can we improve the coaching staff? How can we improve the personnel department? How can we improve the players?

“Just from Vance’s text back, I think people understand that. I think it does make sense. I don’t think that’s something personal.”

Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke signed off on a five-year contract extension for McDonald in December that consisted of a $7 million signing bonus. McDonald appeared in 11 games last season, catching 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers acquired McDonald as a second-round draft pick 2013. In 48 career games, McDonald has 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 49ers signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen in the offseason. On Saturday, the 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle joins fellow tight ends McDonald, Garrett Celek, Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.