The San Francisco 49ers quarterback room looks much different than it did a year ago. With the departure of Jimmy Garoppolo and both Trey Lance and Brock Purdy still working their way back from injury, the 49ers braintrust opted to bring in a veteran reinforcement to the team, signing quarterback Sam Darnold to a one-year deal on Thursday. He reunites with former Carolina Panthers teammate and current 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey who was acquired via trade in Week 7 of the 2022 season.
Darnold was a former first-round pick by the New York Jets in the 2018 NFL Draft and spent the last two seasons with the Panthers. He made six starts for Carolina in 2022 connecting on 82-of-140 pass attempts for 1,143 yards, seven touchdowns, three interceptions and a 92.6 passer rating. He also added 26 carries for 106 yards and two scores on the ground.
2022 Season Highlights and Career NotesThe quarterback started the last six games of the regular season, going 4-2 after being activated off the Injured Reserve list.In 2021, Darnold made 11 starts for the Panthers and averaged 210.6 passing yards per game.His 300-plus yard performances in Weeks 2, 3 and 4 of the 2021 season earned him a place in the Panther's franchise history books, becoming Carolina's first quarterback to post three-consecutive 300-yard passing performances.During the 2021 season, Darnold finished tied for fourth amongst all quarterbacks with five rushing touchdowns.As a rookie with the New York Jets, Darnold set a franchise record for highest passer rating by a rookie (77.6) and at 21 years old, he was the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since the NFL merger in 1970.Up Next Latest Videos Channel Newest 49ers Say it was an 'Easy Decision' to Choose San Francisco Latest Videos Channel Chris Simms Comments on the 49ers 'Late Round Gems' in the NFL Draft Latest Videos Channel Evaluating Seahawks Coaching Vacancies, Draft Picks and NFC West Updates Latest Videos Channel John Lynch Breaks Down 49ers Draft Approach, Updates on Purdy and Lance Latest Videos Channel Breaking Down the Arizona Cardinals Offseason Hires and NFC West Updates Latest Videos Channel John Lynch Shares Latest News on 49ers Personnel and Players from the Combine Latest Videos Channel 49ers B.U.I.L.D. Presents 'Black Wealth: Past, Present, and Future' Latest Videos Channel Fred Warner's 2018 Combine Workout Latest Videos Channel 2010 Combine Workout: NaVorro Bowman Latest Videos Channel George Kittle's 2017 Combine Workout Latest Videos Channel Deebo Samuel's 2019 NFL Scouting Combine Workout Latest Videos Channel Nick Bosa's 2019 NFL Scouting Combine Workout Latest Videos Channel Arik Armstead's 2015 Combine Workout Latest Videos Channel 49ers Foundation Reveals Red & Gold Society Wall at Levi's® Stadium Latest Videos Channel Brandon Aiyuk's Top Plays from the 2022 season Latest Videos Channel NFL Network Honors Joe Perry, the First Black NFL MVP Latest Videos Channel Brock Purdy's Top Plays from the 2022 Season Latest Videos Channel Career in Looks: Arik Armstead Breaks Down Looks from the 2015 Combine to Now Latest Videos Channel Best Mic'd Up Moments of 2022 Latest Videos Channel UK Faithful Take an Exclusive Tour of Levi's® Stadium Latest Videos Channel Las Cinco Narraciones en Español Más Memorables de la Temporada 2022 Latest Videos Channel Deebo Samuel's Top Plays from the 2022 Season Latest Videos Channel Ten Plays from the 49ers 2022 Season Latest Videos Channel Nick Bosa on DPOY Honor: 'It's a Dream Come True' Latest Videos Channel J.J. Watt, Tiffany Haddish Announce Nick Bosa as the 2022 NFL DPOY Latest Videos Channel Nick Bosa's Top Plays from the 2022 Season Latest Videos Channel DeMeco Ryans Wins Assistant Coach of the Year Award at 2023 NFL Honors Latest Videos Channel 49ers Players Volunteer at Humane Society Silicon Valley 🐶 Latest Videos Channel Kyle Juszczyk Goes Airborne in Pro Bowl Flag Football Game Latest Videos Channel George Kittle Shares His Experience at the 2023 Pro Bowl Games Latest Videos Channel Christian McCaffrey's Top Plays from the 2022 season Latest Videos Channel George Kittle's Top Plays from the 2022 Season Latest Videos Channel Lynch, Shanahan Recap the 2022 Season, Talk Optimism for the Offseason Latest Videos Channel 49ers Personnel Host Wisdom Wednesday Mentorship Program Latest Videos Channel Purdy, Kittle, Williams, Lance, Mitchell, Brendel Recap 2022 Season Latest Videos Channel Bosa, Warner, Al-Shaair, Lenoir Share Lessons from DeMeco Ryans Latest Videos Channel Purdy, McCaffrey, Bosa, Kittle, Warner Talk Sticking Together through Adversity Latest Videos Channel Charvarius Ward Makes His Second Deep PBU vs. Hurts on the Day Latest Videos Channel TE George Kittle Picks Up 22 Yards on Third Down Latest Videos Channel Christian McCaffrey Breaks Tackles En Route to the End Zone