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Kyle Shanahan Was Asked About 49ers' Interest In Baker Mayfield

Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch

There has been quite a bit of speculation that Kyle Shanahan (left) and the San Francisco 49ers could claim recently-released quarterback Baker Mayfield off waivers.

Former No. 1 overall draft pick Baker Mayfield needs a new team, having been granted his release from the Carolina Panthers on Monday.

The San Francisco 49ers, meanwhile, need a quarterback. Jimmy Garoppolo became the team's second starter to suffer a season-ending injury this year when he broke a bone in his foot during the team's win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

So it's little surprise that there has been quite a bit of speculation that Mayfield might wind up with the 49ers after the NFL's waivers process this week.

But it's now sounding like that may have been premature.

On Monday, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked about the team's interest in Mayfield. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, he said "that'd surprise me" if the 49ers signed Mayfield.

"We look into everything, but that'd surprise me right now," Shanahan said. "We have to discuss more this afternoon, but I've always been a fan of his, but I feel real good about our players and we'll look into everything, but I feel pretty good with where we're at right now."

Shanahan clarified that he would have further conversations with general manager John Lynch and others about picking up Mayfield.

But it wouldn't come as a shock if the 49ers stick with the quarterbacks they have on their roster rather than adding Mayfield for the stretch run.

Seventh-round rookie Brock Purdy played solidly in relief of Garoppolo on Sunday, completing 25 of 37 passes for 210 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The 49ers also claimed journeyman Josh Johnson off the Broncos' practice squad.

Mayfield, meanwhile, struggled mightily in seven games with the Panthers after being traded by the Cleveland Browns during the offseason. He has completed 57.8 percent of his passes and thrown six touchdowns and six interceptions on the season. He asked for his release after being demoted to third on the depth chart.

There's also no guarantee Mayfield will fall to the 49ers, who sit 27th in the league's waiver order. 

Some buzz has emerged Tuesday that the Los Angeles Rams, who have the fourth claim, could be interested in Mayfield. The Rams placed starting quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve last week.

We will have our answer as to where Mayfield will finish the season soon. The NFL will process waivers at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.