The Packer Report said a source told them the signing was to take place to make him the third quarterback on the team after the Packers cut projected backup quarterback Vince Young.
Tolzien, who led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl in 2010, was undrafted and signed in 2011 with the San Diego Chargers. After being released with the final cuts of the year, he caught on with the San Francisco 49ers and has been with them since.
He was actually projected as the backup to Colin Kaepernick but played himself out of that role this past preseason.
While he’s expected to be signed to the practice squad, it’s unclear exactly what the Packers plan to do at the backup quarterback situation. As it now stands, their backup is B.J. Coleman, who was worse than Vince Young in the preseason.
It’s very difficult seeing the team move into the regular season with the situation as is. However, it’s difficult seeing the Packers picking up a quarterback at this point just before the start of the season and expecting them to be ready to go.
The only option where something like that might happen is if the Packers brought in Matt Flynn, the former Packer who left the team last season and is now one of four quarterbacks on the Oakland Raiders‘ roster.
It’s kind of ironic that the team that has been so strong at the quarterback position in years past is now very thin at the position.