No. 2: Quarterback C.J. Beathard
The 49ers should only move on from Marquise Goodwin if the situation was right. It’s already right with third-string quarterback C.J. Beathard.
Granted, getting something in return for Beathard, San Francisco’s third-round NFL Draft pick from 2017, will be difficult. And if the Niners manage to pull off a trade, it likely would be for nothing more than a late day-three pick in return.
That said, there are some messy quarterbacking situations around the league.
One case example is the Washington Redskins, who started off with veteran journeyman Case Keenum before giving way to the rookie, Dwayne Haskins, whose limited action in Week 4 showed he’s not quite ready to take over starting duties. Especially on a bad team.
Now, the Redskins are going with fellow journeyman Colt McCoy:
Washington owner Dan Snyder has no love for Kyle Shanahan, so it’s hard to guarantee any deal between the Niners and Redskins. But that’s where a general manager like John Lynch comes into play. Perhaps he acts as a buffer.
Or, just as possible, the 49ers explore moving Beathard to another team already using its backup signal-caller, such as the New Orleans Saints (Teddy Bridgewater) or Pittsburgh Steelers (Mason Rudolph).
Beathard does have starter’s experience, albeit he hasn’t been impressive during those stints. But if a team is looking to add youthful depth, moving Beathard and freeing up that roster spot behind quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Mullens wouldn’t be the worst of moves.