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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers planned to keep rookie quarterback B.J. Daniels in the organization.
They had even reassigned the seventh-round draft pick to a temporary locker, along with the players on the 49ers’ practice squad.
But in a move that can hardly be considered a surprise, the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday claimed Daniels off waivers after the 49ers removed him from the 53-man roster to make room for veteran John Skelton.
Why would the 49ers make the move to expose Daniels to bring aboard Skelton?
“We felt like we wanted to have two veteran quarterbacks, two guys who have started games, played in game, won games, felt like that’s what we needed to do at this time,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.
Skelton and Colt McCoy are the other two quarterbacks on the roster behind starter Colin Kaepernick.
Before learning that Daniels was heading to their NFC West rival, Harbaugh said, “We’re hopeful B.J. can return, and trust we have a plan for him. And a process for developing him and getting him ready to play in the National Football League, as well.”
Skelton worked out for the 49ers in early September. Harbaugh described the session as “one of the better workouts I’ve seen from a quarterback. “
Skelton worked out for the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, and the 49ers immediately made him a one-year contract offer.
“I think the great thing about being in this offense, they’re going to play to the strengths of the quarterback,” Skelton said. “I’m fairly confident I’m not going to do the kind of stuff that Kap can do.”