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49ers sign Seneca Wallace, release Ricardo Lockette

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A report on Wednesday indicated that the 49ers had some interest in adding quarterback Seneca Wallace to the mix of players vying to back up Colin Kaepernick this season.

Some interest was an understatement because the 49ers announced Thursday that Wallace is the newest member of the club. They also announced that wide receiver Ricardo Lockette has been released to make room for Wallace on the roster.

Wallace will now enter a competition with Colt McCoy, Scott Tolzien and rookie B.J. Daniels for that backup role. Daniels is probably ticketed for either the third job or the practice squad, but McCoy and Tolzien have struggled during their playing time in the preseason. The fact that Wallace is on the team underlines the team’s lack of satisfaction in those two options, although he’s going to have to pick things up relatively quickly in order to leapfrog the other choices.

Lockette spent last season on the 49ers’ practice squad. He had two catches for 105 yards and a touchdown with the Seahawks in 2011.

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  1. leftygun says: Aug 22, 2013 2:32 PM

    When Crabtree went down all the Niner fans were saying how this guy would be the one to step up. You know, since he was CK’s roommate and all.
    I wonder what happened?

  2. leftygun says: Aug 22, 2013 2:33 PM

    Jim Harbaugh on Ricardo Lockette this offseason: “There’s something special there. I just feel it.”

  3. 49ermbr says: Aug 22, 2013 2:33 PM

    Competition brings the best out of everyone. Unless your Seattle, you bring in a shipment of Aderall.

  4. themackstrong says: Aug 22, 2013 2:33 PM

    I thought 49er fans said Lockette was going to break out with Kaep (who is now upset as a Ernie with no Burt). Wallace should beat out Quinn but I look forward to him running out of bounds for 15 yard losses for another team.

  5. russellwilsonatemyhomework says: Aug 22, 2013 2:34 PM

    Niners luvs them some former Seahawks.

  6. jayniner says: Aug 22, 2013 2:35 PM

    5 QB’s and 13 WR’s on the roster now…..good lord!

  7. kaprajan says: Aug 22, 2013 2:36 PM

    i have a feeling waiving Ricardo Lockette is a mistake. Dont understand why you wouldnt cut someone thats not a WR.

  8. sheriffrickgrimes says: Aug 22, 2013 2:38 PM

    Good move. This’ll light a fire under Colt McCoy’s rear end. Not to mention the Niners can extract intelligence about the enemy (read: Seattle) from Wallace.

  9. fumblenuts says: Aug 22, 2013 2:41 PM

    Seneca Wallace is not a bad backup QB, this coming from a Hawks’ fan……

  10. slbasegame257 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:46 PM

    I’ve got two points. First like the Jenkins-Baldwin trade, this is bad player for bad player so the 49ers lose again. Secondly I’m getting tired of the 49ers trying to be like the Seahawks by taking their former players and copying the way they play. The Seahawks are much better and the 49ers will never be the Seahawks.

  11. cletusvandam says: Aug 22, 2013 2:48 PM

    Makes perfect sense. I mean the one place the Niners are hurting is 4th string QB. Not WR or anything.

  12. allidoiswin55 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:48 PM

    Picked up a former seahawk and cut a former seahawk at the same time. Just weird when you think about that.

  13. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:50 PM

    I always thought it was crazy for them to release Josh Johnson for Tolzien last year.

  14. seahawks4alltime says: Aug 22, 2013 2:51 PM

    Waiting on word that the Seahawks pick up Lockette again..

  15. golfnutt67 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:52 PM

    Keep laughing…and we will keep added depth and competition which will make us better and stronger today and tomorrow.

  16. wildwalt7 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:53 PM

    Forty Niner fans better say a prayer every night that Kaepernick doesn’t miss any games.

  17. 509seahawks says: Aug 22, 2013 2:53 PM

    Seneca Wallace sucks. I feel bad for you niners fans with this pickup. Yes, I am being serious.

  18. 49ermbr says: Aug 22, 2013 2:55 PM

    Here we go again….Seattle just started winning and their fans now think they’re the best in the league. Wake up the 49ers won the division 2 years straight! Yet you guys haven’t won anything to be proud of. Wait you were the first team to win a division with a losing record.

  19. citynative says: Aug 22, 2013 3:00 PM

    @leftygun

    Remember when Harbaugh turned around USD, and then turned around Stanford, and then turned around the Niners? Remember when he took a losing team to the NFCCG two years in a row? Remember when his controversial midseason QB decision was validated when the back-up was more dynamic then the game-manager? Remember the countless other ACTIONS that helped the Niners become competitive again? I guess not.

    But hey, you got him on his comments on the 10th wide receiver on the roster. Good job.

  20. sheriffrickgrimes says: Aug 22, 2013 3:00 PM

    @kaprajan: In Harbaugh we trust. He sees these guys in practice everyday. I’ll defer to his judgement.

  21. jimmyt says: Aug 22, 2013 3:04 PM

    Oh man, the rest of the NFC West is running scared now.

  22. raiderfansaredelusional says: Aug 22, 2013 3:04 PM

    The Seachickens suck. I feel bad for all of you Seachickens fans that are overhyped and will end up 3rd in the division. I honestly think that the Cards will be tougher than the Seachickens this year. No adderall for this team and they will suffer. Can’t wait til the Niners shut up these idiot fans come week 2! GO NINERS!

  23. sheriffrickgrimes says: Aug 22, 2013 3:06 PM

    @raiderlyfe510: Go watch episode 2 of Hard Knocks. Josh Johnson sucks.

  24. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 22, 2013 3:07 PM

    49ers: the most desperate team in the NFL.

  25. eastcoastninerfan says: Aug 22, 2013 3:09 PM

    Hey Niner fan, no need to keep trying to crack on the Seahawks. It’s annoying to read their fans doing the same. Lets be better than that.

  26. purple28mvp says: Aug 22, 2013 3:10 PM

    slbasegame257 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:46 PM

    I’ve got two points. First like the Jenkins-Baldwin trade, this is bad player for bad player so the 49ers lose again. Secondly I’m getting tired of the 49ers trying to be like the Seahawks by taking their former players and copying the way they play. The Seahawks are much better and the 49ers will never be the Seahawks.

    Says the guy who’s team picks up all VIKINGS former players

  27. bobsacamano2 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:12 PM

    Both McCoy and Wallace were in a QB competition in Cleveland 2 years ago, and were both holding clipboards last year hoping Brandon Weeden would get yanked.

    They definitely have more of a shot at winning a title this year than last, but also will not likely win that title if either one of them starts. Wonder if they are okay with that.

  28. sb44champs says: Aug 22, 2013 3:13 PM

    Clearly the 9ers picked Wallace up because he was just cut from the Saints and may contribute something to the Nov 17th game against the Saints in the Superdome… SCARED, lol..

  29. citynative says: Aug 22, 2013 3:13 PM

    “the Niners will never be the Seahawks” and “Niners luvs them some former Seahawks”.

    Mike Holmgren, Jim Mora Jr., Jerry Rice, Pete Carroll, Ray Rhodes, Michael Robinson, Jeff Ulbrich, Ken Norton, Ricky Watters, and T.O. to name of few all disagree with you.

  30. threedeep1998 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:14 PM

    I’m not diehard 49er or seahawk fan but I can’t help but laugh when I see Seahawk fans talk smack to 49ers this year. Seattle has won nothing while SF has 5 SB trophies. Don’t let the media hype get to your head Seahawk fans.

  31. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 22, 2013 3:20 PM

    Seneca sucks. The 49ers should just pick up Aaron Brooks I hear he’s still available.

  32. anicra says: Aug 22, 2013 3:23 PM

    Since Seattle used use Wallace at WR and QB. Maybe Harbaugh is thinking I could kill 2 birds with one stone.

  33. mrlynch33 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:24 PM

    Typical Seahawks Fans…..

  34. 12thmanseattle says: Aug 22, 2013 3:26 PM

    How many 49er fans does it take to change a lightbulb? they don’t they just stand around and talk about how good the old one was

  35. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:30 PM

    youarejealousof6rings says:
    Aug 22, 2013 3:07 PM
    49ers: the most desperate team in the NFL.

    ———————————–

    ……says the guy with the most desperate life.

  36. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:32 PM

    sb44champs says:
    Aug 22, 2013 3:13 PM
    Clearly the 9ers picked Wallace up because he was just cut from the Saints and may contribute something to the Nov 17th game against the Saints in the Superdome… SCARED, lol..

    -=———————————

    You and lionsdraftguy should get together and form a therapy group for fans trying to get over games lost over 2 season ago! Or are you still mad over the “avenging” game from last year you lost?

  37. sactown9er916 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:34 PM

    Yah because the Seahawks didn’t sign any ex-9ers to their roster this offseason…
    fullback Michael Robinson, safety Chris Maragos, tackle Mike Person
    and wide receiver Brett Swain. Its a business. Stop acting like players don’t move around.
    As far as Sen giving ‘Hawk knowledge? Doubt it. It’s just that McCoy and Tolzien have been subpar this preseason.

  38. sactown9er916 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:36 PM

    …and yes, my bad. Robinson was there last year

  39. starchybunker says: Aug 22, 2013 3:40 PM

    this headline will someday be the answer to the trivia question: “How bad does Colt McCoy suck?”

  40. Dogsweat says: Aug 22, 2013 3:40 PM

    Kaep looked great against Seattle last season.

    He also gave the 49ers their first Super Bowl loss.

    Sign him to a 5 year deal.

  41. jonkchar says: Aug 22, 2013 3:41 PM

    as a Seahawks fan I’ll say good luck Seneca!

  42. 49ermbr says: Aug 22, 2013 3:43 PM

    12thmanseattle says: Aug 22, 2013 3:26 PM

    How many 49er fans does it take to change a lightbulb? they don’t they just stand around and talk about how good the old one was

    ———
    What did I tell you how dumb SEA fans are…
    The Superbowl we made was just last year. When you guys got beat by the Falcons remember? And were left sitting at home butthurt because the 49ers made the Superbowl. waaahhh wahhhh

  43. seattlecoug says: Aug 22, 2013 3:47 PM

    9er fans are so scared of the Seahawks. PFT could post an article about bananas being served at 49er practice and their fans would bring up the Seahawks. It’s hilarious. You know what is going to happen this year and it ain’t gonna be pretty. Keep enjoying glory that happened 20 years ago though. You are done!

  44. breakingb says: Aug 22, 2013 3:49 PM

    Just a friendly reminder to all

    Seahawks>49ers

  45. trollhammer20 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:51 PM

    sheriffrickgrimes says: Aug 22, 2013 2:38 PM

    Good move. This’ll light a fire under Colt McCoy’s rear end. Not to mention the Niners can extract intelligence about the enemy (read: Seattle) from Wallace.
    ____________________________

    Great idea. Pick up a guy who was traded to Cleveland two months after Carroll took over, and hasn’t been with Seattle in over three years, to get intelligence on the Seahawks.

    They grow ‘em smart in SF, don’t they?

  46. bigbaldpapahawk says: Aug 22, 2013 3:52 PM

    Every time I see a 9er fan talk about past superbowls I see them lining up their comment for a week 2 loss.

  47. braceyourselffor12 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:54 PM

    @ 12thmanwasrippedoff

    How many Seakocks does it take to change a light bulb?

    They can’t, they sit in the dark …. bulbless.

  48. 49ermbr says: Aug 22, 2013 4:04 PM

    bigbaldpapahawk says: Aug 22, 2013 3:52 PM

    Every time I see a 9er fan talk about past superbowls I see them lining up their comment for a week 2 loss.
    ——

    At least we have some sort of accomplishment to speak of. Now SEA history *crickets *crickets

  49. sactown9er916 says: Aug 22, 2013 4:05 PM

    As a huge Niner fan, I love to see all the back and forth smack. Just wish some of it wasn’t so corny. Should be an interesting season…

  50. mulehead70 says: Aug 22, 2013 4:07 PM

    Seneca could be a good fit in SF. He has the athleticism to run that read option.

    Incidentally, as a Seahawks fan, I’m not blasting my trumpets and claiming a Superbowl victory this year. Will they be very good? Absolutely. Can they win the West? Sure, they can, and the Niners are gonna give them a run for their money on that.
    The Niners are an outstanding team.

    Having said that, I find the “SF won 5 SBs and Seattle has none, and therefore Seattle sucks” crowd. Careful on your trash-talking, you haven’t won a SB since ’95. This Seahawk fan, however, was rooting for SF in the last SB.

    May be the best NFC West team win.

  51. wizglick says: Aug 22, 2013 4:14 PM

    Harbaugh has never met a quarterback that he didn’t like or wouldn’t sign.

  52. 12thmanseattle says: Aug 22, 2013 4:24 PM

    Can we all just agree that both teams are going to be very good this year and move on? The division could go either way and both teams are capable of making the superbowl.. the Niners haven’t won a super bowl in 18 years and the Seahawks have never won one so we can both shut up. the only team that can talk about superbowls right now is the Ravens anyway.

  53. bobhk says: Aug 22, 2013 4:29 PM

    @slbasegame257 says:
    Aug 22, 2013 2:46 PM
    I’ve got two points. First like the Jenkins-Baldwin trade, this is bad player for bad player so the 49ers lose again. Secondly I’m getting tired of the 49ers trying to be like the Seahawks by taking their former players and copying the way they play. The Seahawks are much better and the 49ers will never be the Seahawks.
    ————-
    There is a pro sports team in Seattle??? Really?

  54. sheriffrickgrimes says: Aug 22, 2013 4:30 PM

    Seaturkey fans: Bwahahaha! The Niners haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1994! Hahaha!

    49ers fans: Oh yeah?! Well the Seachickens haven’t won a Super Bowl since …. oh wait …

  55. bobhk says: Aug 22, 2013 4:31 PM

    @seattlecoug says:
    Aug 22, 2013 3:47 PM
    9er fans are so scared of the Seahawks. PFT could post an article about bananas being served at 49er practice and their fans would bring up the Seahawks. It’s hilarious. You know what is going to happen this year and it ain’t gonna be pretty. Keep enjoying glory that happened 20 years ago though. You are done!
    —-
    What do you have to enjoy? Decades of futility or the fact that you ran the only franchise to win something out of town?

    Bwahahahaha…

  56. dirtyjersey9er says: Aug 22, 2013 4:36 PM

    Dating back to 2005….

    Players who went from SF to Seattle-
    On the current Seahawks roster:
    Michael Robinson
    Brett Swain
    Chris Maragos

    Also:
    Phillip Adams
    Kentwan Balmer
    Jeff Reed
    Brandon Jones
    Jeff Ulbrich(immediately after retirement was hired as a coach in Seattle)
    Nate Davis
    Thomas Clayton
    Derek Walker

    Scot McCloughan in the front office

    also Julian Peterson.

    Players who went from Seattle to SF:

    2013 roster:
    Ricardo Lockette
    Seneca Wallace(but he wasn’t going right from Seattle to SF)

    Pre-2013:
    Darrell “Stone Hands” Jackson
    Xavier Omon

    Notice though that despite the Seahawks fans acting like the 49ers are just signing up all the Seahawks players that the pendulum swings heavily towards former 49ers going to Seattle in the past. Who’s copying who?

  57. 12thmanrules says: Aug 22, 2013 4:52 PM

    All I can say is both teams are really good and it’s gonna be a FANTASTIC season! Hopefully Harbaugh throws another hysterical fit that is caught on You Tube!

  58. mulehead70 says: Aug 22, 2013 5:06 PM

    sheriffrickgrimes says:
    Aug 22, 2013 4:30 PM

    Seaturkey fans: Bwahahaha! The Niners haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1994! Hahaha!

    49ers fans: Oh yeah?! Well the Seachickens haven’t won a Super Bowl since …. oh wait …

    ____________________________________

    That’s right – neither team has won a SB in the 21st century. Both teams have a few things in common:

    1) Both teams have made 1 appearance each in the SB in the 21st century – and both lost.

    2) Both teams had Dennis Erickson as a head coach, and both failed under Erickson.

    Interestingly enough, since SF’s last SB win, SF has gone 150-137-1 for a .522 winning %, while Seattle has gone 147-141 for a .510 winning % in the same time frame.

    So having lost SB appearances in this century, and with the winning percentage difference since the 1994 season being only .012, is there room for either team to claim superiority?

  59. mrlynch33 says: Aug 22, 2013 5:35 PM

    12thmanseattle says: Aug 22, 2013 3:26 PM

    How many 49er fans does it take to change a lightbulb? they don’t they just stand around and talk about how good the old one was
    ————–
    How many Seahawks fans does it take to change a light bulb?
    They don’t, they stand in the distance looking at the Niners. Saying to themselves….Damn, I wish we had one of those. Let’s act like we do.

  60. bobhk says: Aug 22, 2013 5:35 PM

    @mulehead70 says:
    Aug 22, 2013 4:07 PM
    Seneca could be a good fit in SF. He has the athleticism to run that read option.

    Incidentally, as a Seahawks fan, I’m not blasting my trumpets and claiming a Superbowl victory this year. Will they be very good? Absolutely. Can they win the West? Sure, they can, and the Niners are gonna give them a run for their money on that.
    The Niners are an outstanding team.

    Having said that, I find the “SF won 5 SBs and Seattle has none, and therefore Seattle sucks” crowd. Careful on your trash-talking, you haven’t won a SB since ’95. This Seahawk fan, however, was rooting for SF in the last SB.

    May be the best NFC West team win.

    \——–
    Likewise, I rooted for Seahawks against the stillers. I think they got jobbed.

    However, I think they were far classier with Holmgren and Haselbeck than Carroll.

  61. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 22, 2013 5:53 PM

    It never really occurred to me just ‘why’ so many Seahawk fans/supporters felt slighted by 49er fans. As a diehard 49er fan, and one who ventured into Quest Field for a game, the zeal and fervor is great.

    But it never occurred to me that with the Seahawks coming into the NFC West in 2002 (?) (too lazy to look it up) which directly coincided with when the 49ers 20 year run of championships and titles came to an end and the rise of the decade of despair that that is why ‘Hawk fans feel so disrespected. In that time, of course, they won 6 division titles.

    Yet…….I think what IS funny is that no one really in that time would want to claim any pride in the NFC West. It’s well documented that during that period, of which SF contributed to mightily with some of the least talent-laden teams in the NFL, the NFC West was not only the worst division in the NFL, for about a 3-year period it was the worst division in ALL of sports.

    But, now…with the rise of Seattle, St. Louis and Arizona there is no debating that the NFC West crown will have to be earned in every way possible.

  62. allday38 says: Aug 22, 2013 7:05 PM

    Dating back to 2005….

    Players who went from SF to Seattle-
    On the current Seahawks roster:
    Michael Robinson
    Brett Swain
    Chris Maragos

    Also:
    Phillip Adams
    Kentwan Balmer
    Jeff Reed
    Brandon Jones
    Jeff Ulbrich(immediately after retirement was hired as a coach in Seattle)
    Nate Davis
    Thomas Clayton
    Derek Walker

    Scot McCloughan in the front office

    also Julian Peterson.

    Players who went from Seattle to SF:

    2013 roster:
    Ricardo Lockette
    Seneca Wallace(but he wasn’t going right from Seattle to SF)

    Pre-2013:
    Darrell “Stone Hands” Jackson
    Xavier Omon

    Notice though that despite the Seahawks fans acting like the 49ers are just signing up all the Seahawks players that the pendulum swings heavily towards former 49ers going to Seattle in the past. Who’s copying who?

    ———————————————————————————-
    Nice list except, mcCloughan started in Seattle, went to SF, then back to Seattle.
    Go Hawks

  63. 1ninerfan says: Aug 22, 2013 7:52 PM

    there is no debate……da 49ers own the West……..

  64. Dream_Machine says: Aug 22, 2013 7:54 PM

    Lol @ Mackstrong

    “I thought 49er fans said Lockette was going to break out with Kaep (who is now upset as a Ernie with no Burt). Wallace should beat out Quinn but I look forward to him running out of bounds for 15 yard losses for another team.”

    Quinn Plays For…Seattle
    McCoy Plays For…SF

    Sorry bout That Bro, I Had To.

  65. dbara43 says: Aug 22, 2013 8:16 PM

    Good news 09ers fans! Brady Quinn and whole host of wideouts, corners, safety’s and DE’s that are better than anyone you have will soon be coming available when the Seahawks cut their roster down to 75, then to 53! Thank God for the waiver wire, huh?

  66. northbynw27 says: Aug 22, 2013 8:49 PM

    Who is Kaep going to talk to in the shower now?? Poor guy.

  67. forever9ers says: Aug 22, 2013 9:28 PM

    We won! We won! Why? Oh cause the Niners just added a fifth QB and cut the 13th WR in camp.

    –Seagals fans–

  68. forever9ers says: Aug 22, 2013 9:36 PM

    Josh Johnson or Vince Young would look pretty good right now in a Niners’ uniform.

  69. alexsmithpwnswhinners says: Aug 23, 2013 12:51 PM

    It’s already out there, on NFL Network when they talked SB prediction, both Heath Evans and Darren Sharper pick SEA for NFC. On ESPN “Audibles”, 3 out of 4 pick SEA in the SB for the win, Darren Woodson call SEA the 1992 Cowboys, and only Steve Young pick the 9ers for SB from the NFC and got called a “Homer” immediately… LOL!

    Fail WR Crop once and again and exposed by their own admission with trading their 1st round pick WR just a year ago for a proven bust when the season hasn’t even started lol… so fail.

  70. thefox61 says: Aug 23, 2013 12:54 PM

    Seneca Wallace is a decent QB. Loved him in Seattle. He is quick, moble, accurate and versatile. The Seahawks wanted to convert him to a WR but he wanted to be a QB. Remember the 28 yard reception he made in the NFC championship game in 2006? He’ll be your #2 QB because he is better than your other options. You may even see him line up as a WR.

  71. 64post says: Aug 23, 2013 3:02 PM

    Aug 22, 2013 2:34 PM
    Niners luvs them some former Seahawks.
    And none of them have worked out. Lockette-Cut, Morrah-cut, Wallace_ will be cut.

  72. 64post says: Aug 23, 2013 3:06 PM

    It’s already out there, on NFL Network when they talked SB prediction, both Heath Evans and Darren Sharper pick SEA for NFC. On ESPN “Audibles”, 3 out of 4 pick SEA in the SB for the win, Darren Woodson call SEA the 1992 Cowboys, and only Steve Young pick the 9ers for SB from the NFC and got called a “Homer” immediately… LOL!

    Fail WR Crop once and again and exposed by their own admission with trading their 1st round pick WR just a year ago for a proven bust when the season hasn’t even started lol… so fail.

    Then they should just give the Lombardi to Seattle then. It’s only way the Seatwats will ever get one, on paper.

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