Nathan Gerry isn’t the only person of his (first) namesake leaving the Philadelphia Eagles to sign with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason. Nate Sudfeld is joining Gerry out on the West Coast, according to an official announcement.
It’s no surprise that Sudfeld isn’t returning to Philly. The Eagles (questionably) signed Joe Flacco to presumably be Jalen Hurts’ backup and gave him Sudfeld’s number (No. 7).
Still, this is a notable departure. Sudfeld had been with the Eagles ever since they signed him to be a developmental project back in September 2017. Earlier this offseason, Jeffrey Lurie lauded Sudfeld for being “unstoppable” (that seriously happened, I’m not making it up) during a meaningless Week 17 game in 2017. Sudfeld would then go on to be Nick Foles’ primary backup during the Super Bowl run and remain as a third-string option in 2018.
Sudfeld had a chance to be Carson Wentz’s backup in 2019 but he got hurt and the Eagles coaxed Josh McCown out of retirement to hold that role instead. Sudfeld initially held the No. 2 job in 2020 before falling behind Jalen Hurts on the depth chart.
Sudfeld’s final game with the Eagles resulted in him becoming a poster boy for the Eagles’ #TankGate fiasco. Philly was accused of pulling Hurts to play Sudfeld and ensure a loss to Washington in order to secure the No. 6 overall pick (at the time) in the 2021 NFL Draft. Thanks for that, Suddy.
While he won’t be remembered for on-field achievement (save for Lurie), Sudfeld was a well-liked guy in the locker room who seemed to put his best foot forward. Best wishes to him in San Fran.
The 49ers were a logical landing spot for Sudfeld in that 1) their home stadium is less than two hours west of Sudfeld’s hometown and 2) they re-hired Rich Scangarello as their quarterbacks coach. Sudfeld and Scangs overlapped in Philly last season.
(Compensatory pick note: I’m guessing Sudfeld’s contract won’t qualify towards the Eagles’ formula.)
Eagles 2021 free agents update
DT Hassan Ridgeway — Re-signs 1-year contract with the Eagles
LB Alex Singleton — Re-signs 1-year ERFA tender
WR Greg Ward — Re-signs 1-year ERFA tender
RB Boston Scott — Re-signs 1-year ERFA tender
S Jalen Mills — Signs 4-year, $24 million contract with the New England Patriots
P Cameron Johnston — Signs 3-year, $8 million contract with the Houston Texans
DE Vinny Curry — Signs 1-year, $1.3 million contract with the New York Jets
LB Duke Riley — Signs 1-year contract with the Miami Dolphins
LB Nathan Gerry — Signs 1-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers
QB Nate Sudfeld — Signs 1-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers
OT Jason Peters
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
TE Richard Rodgers
CB Cre’Von LeBlanc
RB Corey Clement
TE Josh Perkins