Packers sign ex-49ers QBs Wallace, Tolzien

Packers sign ex-49ers QBs Wallace, Tolzien
September 2, 2013, 7:30 am
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Seneca Wallace will have a chance to stare down Jim Harbaugh when the Packers take on the 49ers on Sunday. (AP)

Quarterback Seneca Wallace, whose brief time with the 49ers came to an eventful conclusion, will now try to help his new team defeat the 49ers in the opening game of the regular season.

In fact, the Green Bay Packers have two recent 49ers quarterbacks to lean on during preparations for the Sunday season opener at Candlestick Park.

The Packers signed Wallace on Monday after cutting quarterback Aaron Rodgers' only backup, B.J. Coleman, the club announced Monday morning.

On Sunday, the Packers signed Scott Tolzien, the 49ers' No. 3 quarterback the past two seasons, to their eight-man practice squad.

The Packers' defensive coaching staff spent time with Kevin Sumlin's staff at Texas A&M in the offseason to study the read option. Now, the Packers will have a pair of former 49ers quarterbacks to help them prepare for facing Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards in the 49ers' 45-31 over the Packers in the playoffs.

The 49ers signed Wallace after Colt McCoy and Tolzien struggled in the team's first two exhibition games. Just two days after Wallace signed, McCoy agreed to a restructured contract in which his $1.5 million salary was lowered to a base deal of $630,000 with $870,000 available in per-game roster bonuses.

Wallace said he believes the 49ers signed him as leverage to get McCoy to agree to a salary reduction.

"I've been around this game long enough where I can see what's going on," Wallace told the Des Moines Register. "And I realized right away the reason they brought me here was to get Colt to take a pay cut."

On the day the 49ers were traveling to San Diego to face the Chargers in the exhibition finale, Wallace informed 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh he would not be making the trip. Harbaugh said Wallace informed him of his intention to retire.

But Wallace, 33, later said he was not retiring. And his signing with the Packers is proof.

"For him to come out and say that, 'Hey, Seneca's planning on his retirement' ... I don’t think that's even 100-percent fair for him to come out and say that because I don't even know him," Wallace said. "I think that should be my decision."