Do not expect quarterback Tim Tebow, released Monday morning by the New York Jets, to end up with the 49ers.
All indications are the 49ers have no desire to bring Tebow -- and everything that comes with Tebow -- to an organization that is focused on a return to the Super Bowl in the upcoming season.
Coach Jim Harbaugh certainly has a fascination with players who have versatility. But the 49ers invested a seventh-round draft pick on a player the 49ers believe is a better version. Also, B.J. Daniels of South Florida does not come with the distractions and media attention that follow Tebow wherever he goes. In that sense, the 49ers do not believe Tebow is a good fit for the franchise.
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Daniels with the No. 237 overall pick. Harbaugh said he likes the idea of having a third quarterback active on game days who can fill a lot of different roles. Daniels (5 foot 11, 217 pounds) will learn several offensive positions -- all through the eyes of a quarterback.
"He's got a real sense, when he runs, of eluding defenders," Harbaugh said of Daniels. "Buying time in the pocket, extending plays, very strong arm. And then you wonder with the athleticism, just how many ways could he contribute to this team and this roster.
"Can he be a running back? Can he be a wide receiver? Can he be a kick returner? Can he be a punt returner? That idea of being a Swiss Army knife kind of comes up again. And we'll see just how many things he can be good at. But, he’s a tremendous athlete with great foot quickness, strong arm, two-time captain. I think we're fishing out of a good pool there that he'll be able to contribute to this football team."
Harbaugh often referred to Delanie Walker as a Swiss army knife last season. Walker played tight end and lined up all over the field for the 49ers. He was also a key contributor on special teams. Walker signed a four-year, $17.5 million contract in the offseason with the Tennessee Titans.
The 49ers also reached contract terms with undrafted rookie MarQueis Gray of Minnesota. Gray (6-3, 240) caught 42 passes as a sophomore for 587 yards and five touchdowns as a wide receiver. The next year he played extensively at quarterback, completing 108 of 213 pass attempts for 1,495 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. As a senior, he rushed for 390 yards and five touchdowns.
Tebow completed 47.9 percent of his pass attempts in 35 games in his three-year career with the Denver Broncos and Jets. He also rushed for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns on 197 attempts (5.0 average).