On Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers announced the signing of quarterback John Skelton. The former Arizona Cardinals QB signed a one-year deal.
Skelton worked out for the 49ers on September 3 and he will likely fill the third spot on the depth chart at quarterback. The Niners were looking to sign a quarterback after they released B.J. Daniels. With his experience as a starter, Skelton could challenge Colt McCoy for the No. 2 spot at quarterback.
It was surprising hearing the news Daniels was waived. He played exceptionally well in the preseason and it looked like he could develop into a starting quarterback. Daniels was an exciting QB to watch run the offense, similar to Colin Kaepernick.
No word yet on the exact reasons for why Daniels was released. With Skelton, the Niners offense has another veteran quarterback behind Kaepernick. He has started 17 games and in his career completed 320 of 602 attempts for 3,707 yards and 15 touchdowns. Last season, he saw action in seven games, six of those starts, and completed 109 of 201 attempts for 1,132 yards and two touchdowns.
It has been reported the Seattle Seahawks signed Daniels on Wednesday. This is certainly a stick in the eye, if you will, from the Seahawks. Peter Carroll will no doubt be extracting as much knowledge of the 49ers offense as possible from Daniels.
The 49ers also signed linebacker Jermaine Cunningham to a one-year deal. Cunningham was drafted in the second round by the New England Patriots in 2010. In his career he has played in 36 games, with 14 starts, and has 67 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. This was a good move because he brings depth and experience at outside linebacker with Aldon Smith out indefinitely.
To make room on the roster for Cunningham, San Francisco waived fullback Owen Marecic. The 49ers signed the fullback on in early September.