The San Francisco 49ers could add to the injury after dominating the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. Following the season-ending injury to Trey Lance, the Niners are now on the lookout for a third quarterback as Jimmy Garoppolo returns to his familiar QB1 role.
Pro Football Focus’ Doug Kyed sees Seahawks veteran quarterback Sean Mannion as a potential candidate for San Francisco to add to their roster. Prior to the start of the season, the Seahawks added Mannion to the team’s practice squad following the firing of Jacob Eason. NFL rules allow the 49ers or any other team to sign Mannion to their active roster even though the signal caller is on the Seahawks’ practice team.
“San Francisco will need a third quarterback as 2022 seventh-rounder Brock Purdy is now Garoppolo’s sole backup,” Kyed wrote on Sept. 19, 2022. “The 49ers fired Sudfeld during roster cuts. He has since slotted into the Detroit Lions’ 53-man roster as a replacement for Jared Goff.
“The 49ers’ options include current free agents like Cam Newton and AJ McCarron, trading for a player like Rudolph, or signing a player from another team’s practice squad. They can’t sign quarterback Josh Johnson from the Denver Broncos practice team since the two teams play next week, but Cleveland Browns practice team quarterback Josh Rosen has a history in San Francisco, and Green Bay Packers’ Danny Etling, Sean of the Seattle Seahawks Mannion, David Blough of the Minnesota Vikings and Chris Streveler of the New York Jets all play similar offenses.”
Mannion had a brief stint with the Seahawks in 2021 before the team decided to release the veteran quarterback before the team’s 53-man roster was finalized. The signals caller admitted he chose a return to Seattle over “a couple of different options,” including re-signing with Minnesota.
“Yes, there were a few different options [returning to Vikings] may have been one of them,” Mannion said during a Sept. 1 press conference. “But of course I had such a positive experience here last year and the opportunity presented itself. It was a unique opportunity to return to a system I’m very familiar with and coaches I feel I’ve worked really well with. Get to work with Geno [Smith] and Drew [Lock] and being close to home, being close to family and so on.
“So it was a unique opportunity. I loved my time in Minnesota. It’s hard to keep going [after] three years there and loved all my teammates, loved all my coaches. It was a super positive experience for me, but I’m happy to be here.”
The Seahawks have their own quarterback dilemma as Geno Smith has struggled to score since his hot start in Week 1 against the Broncos. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll assessed Smith’s performance against the 49ers and admitted the team needs a little more from their QB1. If the offense continues to falter, the whispers will only get louder for Drew Lock.
“He just wasn’t gaining momentum,” Carroll said of Smith during his Sept. 18 post-game press conference. “He couldn’t start. He just couldn’t get going. Nothing worked, we didn’t do anything anywhere.
“I didn’t see him do anything that really took us out of the game. I thought he would go along but we just had to have a whole lot of ball on both sides of the football and it just wasn’t there.”