Luke Marquardt expects to eventually re-sign with 49ers after injury settlement

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The 49ers agreed to an injury settlement with Luke Marquardt, which opens the door for a potential return down the road. We break down how it could work.

Earlier this week, the San Francisco 49ers waived/injured offensive tackle Luke Marquardt. The big tackle cleared waivers, which would have reverted him to the 49ers Reserve/Injured list. However, the two sides reached agreement on an injury settlement, which removed him from that list. In reporting on the settlement, Eric Branch wrote that Luke Mardquardt said he expects to eventually re-sign with the 49ers.

The big tackle re-fractured his foot during the team's offseason workout program, leading to the waived/injured designation. If the 49ers had kept him on injured reserve, he would not have been able to return to the roster or practice squad this year. In agreeing to the injury settlement, the two sides agreed on X number of weeks as it applies to the injury. Over The Cap has a helpful explanation of injury settlements.

Marquardt can re-sign with the 49ers once the period of the settlement has passed. We saw that last year when the 49ers waived/injured Will Tukuafu. The team agreed to an injury settlement with him after Week 1, and he ended up re-joining the team ater Bruce Miller fractured his scapula.

Given the 49ers depth heading into training camp, I wouldn't be surprised if at some point Marquardt signed with the practice squad for the remainder of the 2014 season. Marquardt's foot remains an issue, but if he can get it right, he has the size to be a beast on the line. It's not as simple as just plug and play given that he is coming from a D-II background, but with Mike Solari to help with the learning curve, it makes sense to give him every chance possible to get his foot right.

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