SANTA CLARA (AP) — Quarterback Thad Lewis is being reunited with his former Eagles coach Chip Kelly, signing a one-year contract to join the San Francisco 49ers and play for Kelly again.
The team announced the deal Thursday, its first formal transaction of the NFL’s new calendar year. San Francisco was expected to try to trade quarterback Colin Kaepernick, with several teams believed to be in the mix to acquire him — including the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos following Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler’s departure for Houston.
Blaine Gabbert took over the 49ers’ starting quarterback job in November and expects to compete to be the No. 1 again.
The 28-year-old Lewis joins his sixth team since 2010. He has played in seven career games with six starts, five of those for Buffalo in 2013.