The quarterback carousal, at least at third-string, continues for the San Francisco 49ers. The team announced on Wednesday quarterback John Skelton was released and they claimed McLeod Bethel-Thompson off waivers to take his spot on the roster. Bethel-Thompson was released by Minnesota Vikings on October 8.
You might recognize the name Bethel-Thompson as he was with the 49ers for their 2011 training camp. However, he was released before the season started. He would spend the rest of the season on the Miami Dolphins practice squad. In 2012, he was with the Vikings but was inactive all season.
Bethel-Thompson is from San Francisco and he attended Sacramento State for three years. He has also played in the Arena Football League (San Jose Sabercats) and UFL (Sacramento Mountain Lions).
If you are keeping track, the 49ers have released four quarterbacks since August 26. All of the quarterbacks waived were battling for the third-string on the roster. First released was Scott Tolzien, followed by Seneca Wallace, B.J. Daniels and now Skelton. Don’t be surprised if Bethel-Thompson is released at some point during the season.
While it may seem like the Niners front office is acting schizophrenic when it comes to their third-string quarterback, signing Bethel-Thompson makes sense. Well, it makes sense having him on the team over Skelton because at least McLeod has knowledge of the offense, albeit from 2011.
It’s rare that a team needs to ever use their third-string QB, but the Niners should have stuck with Tolzien or Daniels. Both quarterbacks have way more upside than Bethel-Thompson, Skelton or Wallace combined.