Niner Noise Podcast: 49ers’ precarious future with Brock Purdy, free agency

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

On this episode of the Niner Noise Podcast, the fellas talk about how the 49ers may mitigate Brock Purdy’s delayed elbow surgery and if NFL free agency will help.

It would be nice if the San Francisco 49ers could have a boring and relatively uneventful offseason for a change, and it doesn’t appear as if that’ll be the case in 2023.

Wrapped up in what should be yet another provocative quarterback competition (again), the Niners are poised to be without second-year pro Brock Purdy all offseason, as he recovers from the UCL tear in his throwing elbow suffered during last February’s NFC Championship game.

Purdy hasn’t been able to have surgery on his elbow, and physicians are currently waiting for the swelling to go down before performing the procedure.

The estimated return to the field is six months after the surgery, meaning Purdy is very much at risk of not only missing training camp but also the beginning of the regular season, too.

That leaves fellow quarterback Trey Lance, coming off his own broken ankle suffered in September last year, as the only quarterback under contract on San Francisco’s roster.

Niner Noise Podcast dives into 49ers’ situation with Brock Purdy, NFL free agency

In the first real episode focusing on the 2023 offseason, Niner Noise Podcast hosts Robert Morrison and Akshaj Dwivedula break into the latest news surrounding Purdy and how it might impact the 49ers’ offseason plans.

Speaking from the NFL Scouting Combine, general manager John Lynch already hinted that the Niners would lean toward free agency as a means to reinforce the quarterback room.

It makes sense, as San Francisco’s lone under-contract quarterback, Lance, is still dealing with that ankle-surgery recovery.

Morrison and Dwivedula talk about the possibilities, then speculate how the 49ers’ quarterback room might come together in a variety of scenarios heading into the 2023 regular season. While that’s a ways away, the groundwork will be laid out in the upcoming weeks and months.

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