The Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers have had a heated rivalry ever since Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh took over their respected teams, that heated rivalry continued Wednesday.
After the 49ers released B.J. Daniels in favor of signing John Skelton, the Niners were hopeful that Daniels would go unclaimed and could be signed to the 49ers practice squad. Unfortunately, their plans were foiled by their biggest rival.
The Seahawks claimed Daniels, who is eerily similar in height to QB Russell Wilson, away from the Niners.
The argument could have been made that Daniels was the second best QB on the 49ers’ roster ahead of the disappointing Colt McCoy. The Niners’ brass was worried about having a seventh-round pick as their primary backup to Colin Kaepernick and the Niners signed Skelton to push McCoy, whose days with the Niners seem to be numbered.
Clearly, the 49ers didn’t think as highly of Daniels as some of the fans that saw him in preseason did, or else they would not have risked releasing him.
Regardless, the Niners now have McCoy and Skelton as the backups on the QB depth chart, and a worthy backup QB will be atop the offseason priorities for general manager Trent Baalke.