San Francisco 49ers Cut QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson To Free Roster Spot For Michael Crabtree

Aug 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson (4) passes against the Tennessee Titans in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATED 11/27/2013 10:16 p.m.

Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday to make room for wide receiver Michael Crabtree on the 53-man roster.

Bethel-Thompson never took a snap in a game for the 49ers after he was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 9. (h/t San Francisco Chronicle)

After clearing waivers Wednesday, Bethel-Thompson was signed to the San Francisco practice squad and released linebacker D’Aundre Reed.

Bethel-Thompson is a San Francisco native who played at Sacramento State for three seasons after two years—including a redshirt year—at UCLA.

He was undrafted in 2010 and played for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League before signing with the San Francisco 49ers in the spring of 2011. After he was cut, he played for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the now-in-limbo United Football League before landing on the practice squad of the Miami Dolphins.

He spent all of last season on the Vikings’ roster as the third-string quarterback behind Christian Ponder and Joe Webb and was only active for one game, Minnesota’s Wild Card Playoff loss at Green Bay when Ponder was hurt.

He was released by the Vikings when they signed Josh Freeman last month.

He’s the fourth third-string quarterback to be cut by the 49ers this year, joining Scott Tolzien (now with the Packers), rookie B.J. Daniels (released by the Seahawks last week) and John Skelton (just signed by Tennessee).

Topics: McLeod Bethel-Thompson, NFL, San Francisco 49ers

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