Tom Savage

Detroit Lions
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Detroit Lions
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Cut by Lions

Savage was released by the Lions on Saturday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: Savage's release comes as a bit of a surprise, with Detroit ultimately choosing Josh Johnson as the backup quarterback. Savage may see some interest from other teams after he showed an ability to step in and start for the Texans last year.

Aug 31, 2019 3:17 PM EST

Returns for preseason finale

Savage completed five of nine passes for 157 yards during Thursday's preseason game against the Browns.

Analysis: Savage evidently cleared concussion protocol sometime within the past couple of weeks and ultimately got the starting nod for Thursday's finale, only to get sacked on Detroit's first offensive snap. It seems he's still considered the No. 2 quarterback behind Stafford despite the missed time.

Aug 29, 2019 8:29 PM EST

Enters concussion protocol

Head coach Matt Patricia confirmed Saturday that Savage is in concussion protocol, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: This is presumably the result of one of the sacks Savage took in Thursday's preseason opener. Now dealing with his third concussion in four years, there's no telling how long it could take the quarterback to clear protocol. Detroit signed Josh Johnson earlier Saturday to replenish depth at the position.

Aug 10, 2019 6:44 PM EST

Looks sharp in preseason opener

Savage completed two of three passes for 40 yards and rushed once for 15 yards during Detroit's preseason opener against the Patriots.

Analysis: Savage looked sharp and logged roughly 10 snaps before ceding quarterback duties to David Fales, who proceeded to complete under 40 percent of his passes and wasn't impressive in any sense of the word. As long as his health cooperates, Savage shouldn't have a problem holding on to the No. 2 gig behind Matthew Stafford throughout the remainder of the preseason.

Aug 8, 2019 7:26 PM EST

Expected to win No. 2 role

Savage is expected to win the No. 2 quarterback job, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Savage reportedly operated as the top backup throughout OTAs and minicamp. Connor Cook is no longer in town and only David Fales is around to compete for the gig entering training camp. Given Fales' lack of starting experience, Savage seems like Detroit's best option if someone were to happen to Matthew Stafford.

Jun 26, 2019 8:37 AM EST

Headed to Detroit

Savage signed with the Lions on Tuesday.

Analysis: Savage spent time with the 49ers and Bengals in 2018, but he hasn't appeared in a game since losing six of seven starts for Houston the year prior. He'll compete with Connor Cook for the No. 2 quarterback job unless the Lions bring in a better option before training camp.

Apr 10, 2019 6:34 AM EST

Claimed by Cincinnati

Savage was claimed off waivers by the Bengals on Monday.

Analysis: Savage was waived by the 49ers for the third time over the weekend but won't have a chance to re-sign this time with the Bengals in need of a backup quarterback after placing starter Andy Dalton (thumb) on injured reserve. Jeff Driskel will take over as Cincinnati's top quarterback with Savage serving as the No. 2 option. Savage hasn't seen game action since Week 14 of last season with the Texans.

Nov 26, 2018 1:43 PM EST

Let go again by 49ers

Savage was waived by the 49ers on Friday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Savage's third stint with the 49ers comes to an end as the team promoted running back Jeff Wilson from the practice squad. Savage could rejoin the team again but is unlikely to find himself in a situation to play with Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard both currently healthy.

Nov 24, 2018 2:59 PM EST

Re-signs with San Francisco

Savage signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Friday.

Analysis: Savage will join the 49ers for his third stint with the club in less than a month after the team facilitated room for him on the roster by placing Raheem Mostert (forearm) and Emmanuel Moseley (shoulder) on injured reserve. The veteran signal-caller will step in as the No. 3 option on the depth chart behind Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard, in some order.

Nov 2, 2018 3:48 PM EST

Cut loose by San Francisco

The 49ers waived Savage on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Savage's second stint of the season with the 49ers lasted only a few days longer than the first, with the 28-year-old sticking on the roster for a week and a half this time around. There appeared to be a chance that Savage would dress as the backup quarterback for the 49ers' Thursday night game against the Raiders, but the team's decision to release him implies some level of optimism that C.J. Beathard (wrist/thumb) will be available for No. 2 duties if unable to start. Nick Mullens is the only healthy signal-caller left on the roster.

Nov 1, 2018 2:02 PM EST

Re-inks deal with Niners

Savage re-signed with the 49ers on Monday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Savage became an option following Adrian Colbert's (ankle) placement on injured reserve. For now, San Francisco seems comfortable with C.J. Beathard at the helm. Savage will provide a veteran safety blanket should anything happen to Beathard, but even if he did find his way onto the field in 2018 his fantasy value figures to rank near the bottom of the league.

Oct 22, 2018 4:16 PM EST

Let go by 49ers

Savage was waived by the 49ers on Saturday.

Analysis: Savage signed with San Francisco early this week, and appears to have been nothing more than a quarterback for the scout team, though he could still re-sign with the team at some point. Nick Mullens remains entrenched as the C.J. Beathard's backup for the 49ers, as Savage looks for his next opportunity.

Oct 20, 2018 1:24 PM EST

Officially signs with San Francisco

Savage signed a contract with the 49ers on Tuesday, Jordan Schultz of ESPN reports.

Analysis: After a few weeks with just two quarterbacks on their active roster, the 49ers, as expected, will add the journeyman Savage to bolster the depth at the position. C.J. Beathard has shown enough in relief of Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) to validate his spot as the starter for the remainder of the season, but it remains yet to be seen whether Savage will operate as the backup or the No. 3 option behind Nick Mullens.

Oct 16, 2018 1:00 PM EST

Likely to join 49ers

Savage is expected to sign with the 49ers, Matt Maioccno of NBC Sports reports.

Analysis: The 49ers have been looking to add a third quarterback to the roster ever since Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) landed on injured reserve. Savage is expected to be the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart behind C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens.

Oct 15, 2018 10:04 PM EST

Schedules workout with Niners

Savage will workout for the 49ers, Jordan Schultz of reports.

Analysis: San Francisco is eagerly expanding their options behind center following the news of Jimmy Garoppolo's torn ACL. While it's still in the early stages, the decision to bring in Savage for a workout hints there is some level of interest on the 49ers' end. As of right now, C.J. Beathard is the lone healthy quarterback on the roster. Even if San Francisco reaches an agreement with Savage, the five-year veteran is likely to begin his Bay Area tenure on the bench with a clipboard in hand.

Sep 24, 2018 4:21 PM EST

Pushed out of NOLA

The Saints released Savage on Saturday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Analysis: This move was expected ever since the Saints traded for Teddy Bridgewater. They also kept Taysom Hill on the roster, so they have no room for Savage. The fifth-year pro has starter experience with eight games last year, completing 125 of 223 passes for 1,412 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions. It's not a flashy resume, but he could still be a formidable backup.

Sep 2, 2018 7:48 AM EST

Days in NOLA numbered

Savage is likely on the wrong side of the roster bubble after the Saints traded for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Savage, Taysom Hill, and J.T. Barrett spent all preseason battling for the backup gig behind Drew Brees, but it turns out that none of them will get the job after New Orleans doled out a third-round draft pick for Bridgewater's services. If the Saints are to carry a third quarterback on the roster this season, the smart money is on Hill, who has proven to be a valuable special-teams asset after recording four tackles in the final five weeks of the 2017 campaign.

Aug 29, 2018 3:31 PM EST

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