Harbaugh explains rationale for releasing Daniels, signing Skelton
On Tuesday, Lavelle Hawkins signed with the San Diego Chargers. On Thursday morning, the New England Patriots picked up Austin Collie as a free agent. (AP)
Austin Collie became the second veteran wide receiver who was in training camp with the 49ers to sign with another team this week.
The New England Patriots picked up Collie as a free agent on Thursday. On Tuesday, Lavelle Hawkins signed with the San Diego Chargers.
In all, 10 players who were in camp with the 49ers are currently on rosters of other teams. That list includes four wide receivers and two quarterbacks:
QB B.J. Daniels, Seattle: The 49ers waived Daniels on Tuesday to make room for John Skelton. The Seahawks on Wednesday claimed Daniels off waivers. Coach Jim Harbaugh said the 49ers wanted another veteran quarterback on the 53-man roster, along with Colin Kaepernick and Colt McCoy. The 49ers see potential in Skelton, who started 17 games over the previous three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Skelton is just 19 months older than Daniels. Skelton is a drop-back passer, while Daniels was particularly attractive to the 49ers in training camp because of his read-option capabilities. Through their actions, it's clear Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke see more upside in Skelton.
QB Seneca Wallace, Green Bay: He was not going to beat out Daniels for the No. 3 job, so he did not make the trip to San Diego for the final exhibition game. Wallace believes the 49ers signed him in an attempt to persuade McCoy to restructure his contract. McCoy signed a restructured deal just prior to the 49ers' third exhibition game. The Packers signed Wallace to be Aaron Rodgers’ backup just days before the season opener at Candlestick Park.
WR A.J. Jenkins, Kansas City: The 49ers shipped Jenkins, a first-round draft pick in 2012, to the Chiefs on Aug. 19 in return for Jon Baldwin, a first-round pick in 2011. Jenkins has one catch for 6 yards with Kansas City. Meanwhile, Baldwin appears ready to elevate into the 49ers’ starting lineup.
WR Chad Hall, Kansas City: The Chiefs claimed him off waivers after the final cuts. He has not caught a pass in the first four games.
WR Lavelle Hawkins, San Diego: The sixth-year player supplied the two most-dynamic plays of the exhibition season for the 49ers. He had a 105-yard kickoff return against Minnesota, and a chaotic 45-yard touchdown catch-and-run in the exhibition finale against San Diego. But Hawkins was never able to move up on the 49ers' depth chart to see action in the first half of games. He caught 47 passes for Tennessee in 2011, but caught no more than seven passes in any of his other four seasons.
WR Austin Collie, New England: Other than Anquan Boldin, he was the most-accomplished of any of the other wide receivers the 49ers had in camp. He was still rounding into shape after missing most of 2012 with a significant knee injury. His lack of special-teams ability was ultimately what convinced the 49ers go to with Marlon Moore over him.
TE MarQueis Gray, Cleveland: He was among the 49ers’ final cuts, and the Browns claimed him off waivers. Gray has been active for two games and has not caught a pass.
OLB Parys Haralson, New Orleans: The 49ers sent Haralson to the Saints for a seventh-round draft pick. Haralson has been a part-time player through four games, and has one sack to his credit. He would be in the 49ers’ starting lineup with Aldon Smith on an indefinite leave of absence to undergo in-patient treatment for substance abuse.
OLB Cam Johnson, Indianapolis: He is in a backup role and has seen little playing time since being acquired for a seventh-round draft pick from the 49ers. He finished the exhibition strong with a huge game against the San Diego Chargers to win a roster spot, but was dealt a day later. The 49ers this week added another outside linebacker to their 53-man roster with the signing of Jermaine Cunningham.
CB Marcus Cooper, Kansas City: The 49ers were stung by the Chiefs’ decision to claim Cooper off waivers. Cooper has worked his way into the role as Kansas City’s No. 3 cornerback. In 48 snaps, he has been targeted six times and allowed just one catch for 9 yards with two passes broken up, according to Pro Football Focus.
The following 49ers camp players are elsewhere on NFL practice squads: Quarterback Scott Tolzien (Green Bay), wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (Chicago), offensive linemen Al Netter (Tennessee) Kenny Wiggins (San Diego) and safety Trenton Robinson (Philadelphia).