Jeremy Fowler recently analyzed the key free agency moves for each NFL team in a feature for ESPN. What did you think of the San Francisco 49ers? While the team beefed up the offensive line with the renewal of Trent Williams and the addition of Alex Mack and the renewal of key players such as fullback Kyle Juszczyk and cornerback Jason Verrett, the ESPN writer appears to have expected a move to bolster another position. .

“The 49ers are up to something as a quarterback,” Fowler wrote. “They had extensive conversations with (Joe) Flacco, who got along with Kyle Shanahan during a visit last week before finally choosing Philadelphia.”

San Francisco was also reported to be in the Andy Dalton mix before the Chicago Bears signed the quarterback. Fowler reports that the team spoke with representatives for Mitch Trubisky before joining the Buffalo Bills. It appears the 49ers are trying to improve the reserve spots behind starter Jimmy Garoppolo, who missed 10 games last season due to ankle injuries and 23 games in the past three seasons.

Fowler adds this nugget: “Rumors persist that Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew II could be in his plans through a trade.”

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While the “rumors” do not point to an informed interest, it is an interesting statement. Minshew has 20 games of starting experience in his two NFL seasons, has thrown for 5,530 yards with 37 touchdowns with 11 interceptions during that span and is scheduled to earn $ 850,000 in salary this season. It’s a bargain for a seasoned backup quarterback.

Minshew started eight games last season, but the Jaguars are expected to select Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick.

As for the ability to upgrade from Garoppolo, there aren’t too many options right now outside of a possible pipe dream or two.

“Watson would be an (option), of course,” Fowler added. “But it’s hardly a mate to be dealt. So for now, San Francisco can focus on adding room to the quarterback and adapting from there.”