How 49ers impacted by flurry of backup QBs finding new homes


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Tuesday saw a flurry of backup quarterbacks find new homes, making the 49ers' list of Option No. 2 behind Jimmy Garoppolo even thinner. Here's a brief breakdown of where these QBs wound up.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Andy Dalton is signing with the Chicago Bears, while ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tyrod Taylor is signing with the Houston Texans and Jacoby Brissett reached a one-year agreement with the Miami Dolphins. 

Those three moves come after Cam Newton returned to the New England Patriots, Ryan Fitzpatrick agreed to a deal with the Washington Football Team and Jameis Winston returned to New Orleans Saints.

So, who do the 49ers turn to now?

Dalton and Mitchell Trubisky have been connected to the 49ers in recent days, and Dalton now is off the board. Could Trubisky be the 49ers' top backup target? He at least might be the most talented. 

Trubisky of course was taken by the Chicago Bears with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after the Bears moved one spot up in a trade with the 49ers. The 49ers selected defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, with QBs Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson still available. Yeah, not great. 

Irony and all, the 49ers now might try to add Trubisky as a reliable backup who also could compete with Garoppolo. Trubisky has been far from great, especially for how high of a draft pick he was, but still is only 26 years old and his athleticism could be intriguing to Kyle Shanahan. He appeared in 10 games (nine starts) last season with the Bears and completed a career-best 67 percent of his pass attempts. 

Aside from Trubisky, the free-agent QB class isn't looking too great right now. Players like Alex Smith, Joe Flacco and Mike Glennon still are available but all aren't truly viable options. Smith rightfully won the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award, but a reunion doesn't seem likely as the 49ers see themselves as contenders and need a backup they feel can keep the engine running if Garoppolo goes down again. 

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Perhaps the 49ers could look to the trade market for a QB like Sam Darnold or Marcus Mariota. Darnold won't be cheap and Mariota's contract isn't an easy one to move. Right now, though, it's anyone's best guess. 

The QB market is drying up quickly and the 49ers can't wait around too long if they do indeed want a solid backup they feel they can trust. Maybe that's Trubisky. We'll have to wait and see. 

Just don't wait too long.

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