Bengals claim Tom Savage off waivers after 49ers cut him a third time


The 49ers waived third-string quarterback Tom Savage on Saturday to allow the club to promote running back Jeff Wilson from the practice squad.

It has been the 49ers' go-to move, creating a roster spot late in the week to add a player for the upcoming game. The 49ers intended to re-sign Savage, as they had three previous times this season.

But, this time, it was not an option for the 49ers to bring him back.

The Cincinnati Bengals claimed Savage off waivers on Monday to take the spot on the roster that opened when starting QB Andy Dalton was placed on injured reserve with a thumb injury.

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Coincidentally, the Bengals have two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster and both are former 49ers. And neither of those players ever put on a 49ers uniform during the regular season.

Savage will back up Jeff Driskel, who was a sixth-round pick of the 49ers in 2016.

Driskel never made it to the regular season with the 49ers after completing 15 of 31 passes for 132 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions during rookie preseason. The 49ers kept Colin Kaepeernick, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder on their roster ahead of Driskel.

General manager Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly intended to bring back Driskel to the 49ers’ practice squad, but the Bengals claimed him off waivers before the start of the 2016 season.

Driskel, 25, has appeared in four games with no starts this season with the Bengals. He has completed 23 of 36 pass attempts with one touchdown and no interceptions.

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