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Jaguars trade for a backup QB—but not a 49ers backup QB


One of the storylines over the weekend was the injury of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles. In their contest against the Kansas City Chiefs, Foles broke his clavicle in the first quarter. The show turned to rookie Gardner Minshew for the remainder of the game, and he wasn’t awful, going 22 for 25, two touchdowns and an interception.

But Foles is out for a while, and the Jaguars need a quarterback. So they traded for Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Josh Dobbs. The deal involves Dobbs for a fifth-rounder per Ian Rapoport. The interesting thing is Rapoport went on to say that the Steelers had “plenty of interest” in Dobbs during the summer but were being firm on the price to deal him.

This is interesting. The San Francisco 49ers were trying to trade a backup quarterback as well. Both Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard have been retained on the roster, and the 49ers are rolling with three quarterbacks in 2019. When the roster was finalized, Lynch said that the 49ers were being firm on their price to deal either of the backups. There were calls, just not an offer the 49ers were interested in.

So Dobbs goes to the Jaguars for a fifth-round pick. One has to wonder what the 49ers were looking for with Mullens and Beathard and if they ever got calls over the weekend. This might give us an idea of the market for either of them (pick price still has not been disclosed as far as I know). If Dobbs went for a fifth, it’s curious what the 49ers were looking for with Beathard and Mullens, who each have far more starter experience than Dobbs’ 12 career pass attempts.

Or are we all kidding ourselves? Are Beathard/Mullens not as good as we think they are on the quarterback market? Or did the Jaguars not want to spend a lot of money a quarterback who backs up a rookie (who will probably get released once Foles returns).

Do you take anything from this?