In a set of roster moves, the San Francisco 49ers have released quarterback B.J. Daniels and Owen Marecic. To fill one of those holes, they have signed linebacker Jermaine Cunningham.
Also a source tells Matthew Barrows of the Sacramento Bee that the 49ers are looking to sign quarterback John Skelton. If you remember, Skelton worked out with the team earlier this season on September 3rd.
It does seem like a bit of a surprise move for the 49ers to release Daniels. He looked impressive for a rookie, and the late round pick was able to beat out others vying for the third quarterback slot including Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace.
However, Daniels has not been active for any of San Francisco’s first four games this season, and with a team full of injuries was perhaps expendable at this point. On the plus side, Daniels can be added to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
On the other hand, Marecic was signed just last week, and was a two-way player at Stanford under Harbaugh.
The newest addition, Jermaine Cunningham, was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in 2010 and was released by them at the end of training camp.
He has already served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. In 36 career games he has 59 total tackles and 3.5 sacks. He also has two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.