49ers News: QB Search Likely To Commence After Shanahan, Lynch Signing
The San Francisco 49ers welcome the off-season with good news as Head Coach Kyle Shanahan and General Manager John Lynch signed their contracts on Wednesday. This move is expected to be followed by the team's search for a new quarterback with Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert futures with the team uncertain.
The last two seasons have been tough for the 49ers, especially when it comes to the quarterback position. Kaepernick and Gabbert took turns having the starting job. This resulted in inconsistencies and the team's playoff drought being extended to three years.
However, all of the issues at quarterback are likely to be addressed with Shanahan and Lynch now in control. Shanahan, who is coming from the Atlanta Falcons, replaced Chip Kelly. San Francisco struggled mightily under Kelly winning just two games in 2016 against just one team, the Los Angeles Rams. Meanwhile, Lynch took the post held by Trent Baalke for many years.
ESPN listed a number of quarterbacks that the 49ers might target when they start their search. The first two are Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins) and Matt Schaub (Atlanta Falcons). Both have had the chance to work with Shanahan in the past. Next is the New England Patriots' Jimmy Garoppolo. The 25-year-old was impressive in Tom Brady's absence, but when the latter came back he lost significance with the Pats.
Completing the list are the Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer, together with Mike Glennon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There are speculations that the Bears are moving on from Cutler and this could be an opportunity for the 49ers to snag an experienced quarterback. Hoyer is also a veteran, although he is having a difficult time staying consistent. Glennon, on the other hand, is a good passer, but the Bucs are focused on Jameis Winston.
Kaepernick and Gabbert might still be coming back, but the chances are low. Kaepernick's contract has a player option for this year. Meanwhile, Gabbert is entering free agency, this means a new deal must be agreed upon for him to stay, but that is unlikely following a poor 2016 season.
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