Bethel-Thompson returns to compete for backup QB job

Bethel-Thompson returns to compete for backup QB job
January 22, 2014, 3:00 pm
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McLeod Bethel-Thompson graduated from Balboa High School in San Francisco. He played collegiately at UCLA and Sacramento State. (USATI)

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SANTA CLARA – Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who spent six weeks on the 49ers’ 53-man roster before finishing the season on the practice squad, re-signed with the 49ers for the 2014 season on Wednesday.

Bethel-Thompson, whom the 49ers claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings in October, is expected to compete for the backup quarterback job behind starter Colin Kaepernick.

Veteran Colt McCoy, who served as the 49ers’ No. 2 for the entire season, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent and has an uncertain future with the organization.

The 49ers also re-signed running back Jewel Hampton, the team’s leading rusher in the exhibition season, to a contract for next season.

The 49ers announced the previously reported signings of 11 other players: wide receivers Chuck Jacobs, DeMarco Sampson, David Reed and Devon Wylie, offensive linemen Carter Bykowski and Al Netter, defensive linemen Mike Purcell and Christian Tupou, defensive backs D.J. Campbell and Dax Swanson, and punter Colton Schmidt.