With no quarterbacks on the roster, the 49ers certainly need to add a passer in free agency. Reports show that new head coach Kyle Shanahan and new general manager John Lynch have done just that.
Source: FA QB Brian Hoyer is headed to the #49ers. Reunion with Kyle Shanahan— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
A journeyman QB since he entered the league in 2009, Hoyer experienced some success while with Cleveland in 2014. That year, Hoyer started 13 games, winning seven, and throwing for more than 3,300 yards to go with 12 TDs vs 13 INTs. He completed just 55 percent of his passes but averaged nearly 14 yards-per-completion.
Why does Hoyer's 2014 season with the Browns matter? Because Shanahan was calling plays that season in Cleveland.
Clearly, the Niners new coach has a familiarity with Hoyer, enough that his team has made the former Michigan State passer the first QB of his new regime.
What does any of this mean for Redskins fans? San Francisco has long been reported to be the premiere, and perhaps only, possible trade partner if Washington looked to deal QB Kirk Cousins.
Signing Hoyer in no way shuts the door on a Cousins trade for the Niners, but it does push the door a little bit closer. The team Lynch and Shanahan have inherited is a mess, in need of a full rebuild coming off a 2-14 season.
To acquire Cousins will require giving up assets, likely the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft and more. It's possible that if the Niners new brain trust waits it out, they could make a run at Cousins in free agency a year from now without having to give up assets.
San Francisco is not in position to win anything of consequence this year, with or without Cousins. Armed with six-year contracts, maybe Lynch and Shanahan feel comfortable building their team for the long haul, and that includes a bridge QB like Hoyer. Bringing in Hoyer does not mean a trade is impossible, but it doesn't make it more likely either.
Around the NFL, reaction to the Hoyer signing varied.
Someone very close to Kyle Shanahan tells me: No way Brian Hoyer signing precludes move for frontline QB. Kirk Cousins chatter not dead yet.— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 8, 2017
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