To shore up their injury-depleted quarterback position, the San Francisco 49ers went retro. No, they didn’t sign Vinny Testaverde; however, they did sign an ex-Carolina Panther to their roster. On Wednesday, San Francisco signed Chris Weinke to backup current starter Shaun Hill. Weinke’s signing puts him in former starting QB Alex Smith’s spot, as Smith is on IR for the remainder of the season.
According to Scot McCloughan, 49ers vice president of player personnel, he and Weinke go back to when both played professional baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays organization. McCloughan told Dennis Georgatos of insidebayarea.com, “He was a guy I know personally that’s highly intelligent. He can go in and take snaps and get the job done. He’s a better football player than he was a baseball player, I’ll tell you that.” Weinke will serve as Hill’s backup and the emergency QB will probably be running back Michael Robinson, who last played QB during his senior season at Penn State. Weinke has been out of the NFL this season until the signing on Wednesday.