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Report: Vikings expected to sign ex-49ers QB Darnold to one-year, $10M contract

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The 49ers will have a new No. 2 quarterback next season with Sam Darnold reportedly on his way out in NFL free agency.

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to sign Darnold to a one-year, $10 million contract, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Monday night, citing sources.

Darnold spent one season with the 49ers as backup to quarterback Brock Purdy, completing 28 of 46 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in 10 game appearances. Darnold made only one start for the 49ers, in the Week 18 regular-season finale, with the former New York Jets first-round draft pick completing 16 of 26 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown.

Darnold beat out No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance for San Francisco's No. 2 QB spot last summer after signing with San Francisco to boost his value. And now it appears he'll take over under center for a Vikings squad that just lost Kirk Cousins to the Atlanta Falcons in NFL free agency, with Darnold reportedly set to earn the second-highest annual pay of his career.

The 49ers' quarterbacks room now consists of Purdy and veteran signal-caller Brandon Allen, whom San Francisco gave a one-year contract extension Monday. How San Francisco will fill up the other seats in that room remains to be seen.

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