Earlier today the Jaguars announced the signing of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard. The deal, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero is a two-year $5M deal with incentives.
The Jaguars were always expected to add a quarterback this offseason. The obvious addition will come during the 2021 NFL Draft when Jacksonville is expected to select former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. For now, they’ve added Beathard to its quarterback room with Gardner Minshew II and Jake Luton in the fold.
Beathard, 27, was originally selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Iowa by the 49ers. He has since started 12 games for the franchise, completing 291 out of 497 (58.6%) of his passes for 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Last season, Beathard started two games for the 49ers, playing in six. He would go on to complete 63.5% of his passes for 787 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. He had a yards-per-attempt average of 7.6, according to Pro Football Reference.
Beathard adds some experience to the Jaguars’ quarterback room while making it even clearer that Minshew may not have a role with the team prior to, or just after the 2021 NFL Draft.
Earlier this month it was reported that teams around the league were making calls to the Jaguars in regards to Minshew, however, Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer stated recently that the team is not “at this point” shopping the team’s former starting quarterback.
Look for the Jaguars to continue adding players at positions of need as we inch closer to the draft, and don’t be surprised to see Beathard as the immediate backup quarterback to Lawrence, or whomever the Jaguars select, this season.