The San Francisco 49ers have waived quarterback John Skelton and have acquired McLeon Bethel-Thompson off of waivers to replace him. McLeod Bethel-Thompson, otherwise known as McBLT, has been with the 49ers before in 2011 but was cut during training camp.
It seems the 49ers have been unable to find a third-string quarterback they are happy with, and just eight days after signing John Skelton San Francisco has released him. Harbaugh had nice things to say about Skelton too, but apparently those warm feelings did not last long.
This signing is also puzzling considering both Harbaugh and Baalke said they liked Skelton for his veteran presence and stature; McBLT has not thrown a pass in the NFL and is a few inches shorter than Skelton.
Bethel-Thompson played his college ball at Sacramento State, and so far has no NFL game experience. He has been on a number of rosters including the Miami Dolphins‘ practice squad, and most recently was on the Minnesota Vikings roster. However, once Josh Freeman signed with the Vikings just two days ago he became expendable.
At this point it is more a curse than a blessing to be San Francisco’s number three quarterback on the depth chart and who knows how long Bethel-Thompson will even be on the roster.
And for those who need a full recap of the quarterback carousel, here is a tweet that sums it all up.
So, to recap, the 49ers believe John Skelton is better than B.J. Daniels, and McLeod Bethel-Thompson is better than John Skelton.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) October 9, 2013