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49ers sign Jermaine Cunningham, expected to sign John Skelton

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The 49ers are making a change at the quarterback position.

No, Colin Kaepernick isn’t headed for the same fate as Alex Smith but the team is making a change on the depth chart behind him. The 49ers have cut quarterback B.J. Daniels, who they selected in the seventh round in April and installed as their third quarterback this summer. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the team is expected to sign John Skelton to replace him on the roster.

Barrows also reports that the team hopes Daniels clears waivers so that he can rejoin the team as a member of the practice squad. He notes that the Seahawks were reportedly interested in Daniels during the draft, however, and the two NFC West teams haven’t been shy about signing castoffs from their rivals.

The 49ers also announced that they have signed linebacker Jermaine Cunningham. A 2010 second-round pick of the Patriots, Cunningham was released at the end of August and has been out of work for the last month. He had 67 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles for New England and will likely be part of the team’s plan to fill the spot left vacant by Aldon Smith’s trip to rehab.

Fullback Owen Marecic, who played for Jim Harbaugh in college at Stanford, was released.

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57 Responses to “49ers sign Jermaine Cunningham, expected to sign John Skelton”
  1. pacificnw7722 says: Oct 1, 2013 5:27 PM

    John Skelton??

    Super Bowl!

  2. captaineagles says: Oct 1, 2013 5:29 PM

    Remember when Patriots fans thought that Jermaine Cunningham was going to be the next big thing? Yep.

  3. 49erdynasty says: Oct 1, 2013 5:31 PM

    Cue the newly found legion of Seahawk trolls…

  4. the1849ers says: Oct 1, 2013 5:32 PM

    Lame. Should have cut McCoy instead. BJ Daniels put together multiple amazing drives in preseason.

  5. wearethesteelers says: Oct 1, 2013 5:34 PM

    Skelton > Kaeperpick

  6. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 1, 2013 5:46 PM

    They cut their best QB. Packing it in I guess..

  7. surfinbird1 says: Oct 1, 2013 5:46 PM

    Cunningham is a bum. He’ll be suspended again for peds

  8. goldrush36 says: Oct 1, 2013 5:47 PM

    Skelton? Really? Smh

  9. goldrush36 says: Oct 1, 2013 5:49 PM

    Steelers fans talkin?? Bwahahaha 0-4. Leave football talk to grown ups

  10. jmac34 says: Oct 1, 2013 5:50 PM

    why would the niners want Skeleton? he is all skin and bones

  11. trollhammer20 says: Oct 1, 2013 5:51 PM

    49erdynasty says: Oct 1, 2013 5:31 PM

    Cue the newly found legion of Seahawk trolls…
    _______________________________

    Just can’t get ‘em out of your head, can you?

  12. cornerstone2001 says: Oct 1, 2013 6:02 PM

    Shehawks got there butt whipped…..they should give Schaub a game ball.

    Without the noise and and all the home non-holding calls by the refs, they r average

    …and signing Jermaine is fine, but I’d rather have his brother Tito or Michael

  13. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 1, 2013 6:02 PM

    I’ve been saying this for a couple years now: Cunningham can play in this league as a stand up OLB pass rusher. I don’t know what his hangup is but he’s just plain bad as a 4-3 DE. San Fran must have done the smart thing and looked at his rookie year tape and seen that he declined massively when he was forced to changed positions. IMO smart move Niners.

  14. 49erdynasty says: Oct 1, 2013 6:08 PM

    trollhammer20 says:
    Oct 1, 2013 5:51 PM
    49erdynasty says: Oct 1, 2013 5:31 PM

    Cue the newly found legion of Seahawk trolls…
    _______________________________

    Just can’t get ‘em out of your head, can you?
    _______________________________

    No, we couldn’t care less. We give you credit for kicking our tails. You guys just happen to celebrate regular season wins as if they were championships of some sort. We get it, most of you recently became fans and only recently had something to cheer about in a city where the rain never stops, but there’s definitely another way to go about it.

  15. wearethesteelers says: Oct 1, 2013 6:17 PM

    We win championships

  16. jayniner says: Oct 1, 2013 6:22 PM

    Sure, sign a QB and a LB…..not like we need WR’s or anything….

  17. ydousuk says: Oct 1, 2013 6:23 PM

    cornerstone2001 says: Oct 1, 2013 6:02 PM

    Shehawks got there butt whipped…..they should give Schaub a game ball.

    Without the noise and and all the home non-holding calls by the refs, they r average
    —————————————————————-

    If that is true, why are they 4-0? I bet you wish your spelling, grammar, and punctuation was all the way up to average huh?

  18. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 1, 2013 6:29 PM

    It’s official.

    Werethesteelers = logicalvoice.

    Same person. Probably what some would term an “attention seeker.”

  19. truths4all says: Oct 1, 2013 6:31 PM

    Perhaps Skelton has demonstrated to the 49ers satisfaction that he has successfully shaken off the horrible QB training Whisenhunt tried to brainwash him with. The more Whisenhunt coached Skelton, the worse he played.

    When Skelton was a rookie, he was virtually ignored by the coaching staff (no OTAs due to the lockout and the coaching staff rushed during training camp to prepare Derrick Anderson to start after Whisenhunt cut Leinart in a hissy-fit). Skelton was forced into playing when injuries knocked out all of the other QBs. Skelton played decently and posted some wins.

    Next season, the same thing. After trading for Kolb, all coaching efforts and attention went to preparing Kolb to start. After Kolb was knocked out, Skelton played again, posting a 5-2 record as an untutored starter.

    In Skelton’s 3rd year, Whisenhunt took the time to indoctrinate Skelton into his system which turned Skelton into a horrible QB. Other QBs who had no success with Whisenhunt include Leinart (after a decent rookie season under Denny Green, Whisenhunt turned him into the checkdown king), Anderson, Hoyer, St Pierre, Lindley, and Max Hall. For the record, Kurt Warner ignored Whisenhunt and played his game; to this day, Whisenhunt (and Graves) still refuses Warner any credit for winning the division, NFC, and taking the Cards to the Super Bowl.

    During the preseason with the Bengals and learning a West Coast offense for the very first time, Skelton posted by far the best QB numbers over Dalton and Johnson. But Gruden cut Skelton and kept Johnson as his personal project and favorite (per Bengals blogs and news reports).

  20. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 6:31 PM

    goldrush36 says:
    Oct 1, 2013 5:49 PM
    Steelers fans talkin?? Bwahahaha 0-4. Leave football talk to grown ups

    19 4 sorry gold rush but wearesteelers is a raven troll posting under an alias. Real steeler fans know when to be quiet. You know how to deal with a Raven fans …give them tissues and let them do what they do best…cry.

  21. jay1934 says: Oct 1, 2013 6:34 PM

    It was stupid not to find a place on the roster for B.J. Daniels. He has the makings of a good football player.

  22. kaeprulestheworld says: Oct 1, 2013 6:34 PM

    Cunningham should do some work

  23. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 1, 2013 6:36 PM

    @ wearethesteelers

    Rothlesberger = rapist.

  24. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 1, 2013 6:37 PM

    @ trollhammer

    You’re the ones that are on a NINER article aren’t you?

  25. barnesaintnoble says: Oct 1, 2013 6:39 PM

    I hope Marecic was released by the 49ers because they know he’ll get picked up by someone else. If I remember correctly, Marecic played LB and FB @ Stanford. If not, Harbaugh is kind of of a jerk. If you have a chance to take care of a player you recruited to college and who helped you be successful enough to get to the NFL, I think you do it.

  26. ydousuk says: Oct 1, 2013 6:45 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 6:31 PM

    goldrush36 says:
    Oct 1, 2013 5:49 PM
    Steelers fans talkin?? Bwahahaha 0-4. Leave football talk to grown ups

    Real steeler fans know when to be quiet.
    —————————————————————

    Then why are you posting?

  27. jda129 says: Oct 1, 2013 6:49 PM

    Here’s the deal Niner’s fans. You are the rich kid that constantly tells everyone how rich he is. A consummate one-upper that loves to take every opportunity to tell everyone else how poor they are and how they will never be on equal ground. So yeah, when you get knocked down a few rungs by your “lessers” they are going to have a little fun at your expense. It’s the price of acting like NFL royalty in an era of what have you done for me lately.

  28. hawkstradamus says: Oct 1, 2013 6:49 PM

    Bring out those ck7 jerseys on December 8th. After the hawks wrap up the division and home field advantage you guys can celebrate getting k.o’d from the playoffs with a ck7 jersey bonfire. 42-13 +29-3= seahawks>whiners

  29. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 6:53 PM

    ydousuk says:
    Oct 1, 2013 6:45 PM
    Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 6:31 PM

    goldrush36 says:
    Oct 1, 2013 5:49 PM
    Steelers fans talkin?? Bwahahaha 0-4. Leave football talk to grown ups

    Real steeler fans know when to be quiet.
    —————————————————————

    Then why are you posting?

    1 0
    Report comment. It’s self evident to put little trolls like you straight. Anyone with a handle like yours need attention and this is the last you’ll get from me skippy.

  30. raycharlesj says: Oct 1, 2013 6:54 PM

    The “same” fate as ale Smith?? do you mean the 4-0 fate?? I think the 2-2 Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers would love to have Alex Smith’s fate right about now.

  31. 1phd says: Oct 1, 2013 6:55 PM

    Signing transaltion: We still aren’t sure about Colt McCoy and Daniels wasn’t developed enough, so let’s get Skelton.

  32. fearthehoody says: Oct 1, 2013 6:57 PM

    Jermaine “Not so Cunnig”ham! Hahaha, enjoy that garbage Frisco

    – Pats fans

  33. 49erdynasty says: Oct 1, 2013 7:02 PM

    hawkstradamus says:
    Oct 1, 2013 6:49 PM
    Bring out those ck7 jerseys on December 8th. After the hawks wrap up the division and home field advantage you guys can celebrate getting k.o’d from the playoffs with a ck7 jersey bonfire. 42-13 +29-3= seahawks>whiners

    —————————

    That 42-13 game sure meant a lot didn’t it?
    We advanced further in the playoffs than you did.
    We had better seeding than you guys regardless of that game.
    We beat the Falcons in their stadium when you couldn’t.
    Despite that you idiots continue to talk about things that to this day have little value.

  34. Go-Hawks! says: Oct 1, 2013 7:06 PM

    49ERDYNASTY, your 49ers owned their conference for a LONG time. Your team has much to be proud of. As a Seahawks fan I am glad to have the 49ers as a rival.

    But, ever since 2002 (when the Seahawks rejoined the NFC West) the Seahawks have owned this division. Since 2002 the Seahawks have won the division 5 times. the 49ers have won the division 3 times (Cardinals 2, Rams 1).

    And, in head-to-head matchups, the Seahawks have beaten the 49ers more often than they have lost.

  35. hawkstradamus says: Oct 1, 2013 7:11 PM

    @49erdynasty thanks for the history lesson, you guys are good at that if nothing else. Now for ten bonus points tell me the combined record of mike and mike. Or better still Georgey boys playoff record.

  36. 49erdynasty says: Oct 1, 2013 7:29 PM

    So Go-Hawks!, welcome to the division. Despite the number of division titles or regular season wins, you guys are still not really a rival to us. I know your city and your fans want to build it up to that, but I’m just being straight forward.

    In SF, our rivals are as follows: Dallas, GB, NYG, etc. Teams that we’re played a number of times in the playoffs with both sides of each equation suffering crucial losses. In short, if you want to be a rival to us, we’ll have to suffer a playoff defeat to you.

    Don’t particularly care for your coach but Sherman and Wilson are great players.

    Cheers.

  37. trollhammer20 says: Oct 1, 2013 7:41 PM

    Yeah, the Seahawks are not your rivals.

    Which is why there were a couple of hundred Niner fans chanting “Seahawks suck!”…..

    AFTER A GAME AGAINST THE RAMS.

    Oh, but there’s no rivalry there. Not at all. Just like you claim you couldn’t care less about Seahawk trolls….but were in this article seven minutes after it was up, posting about them.

    If you’re going to let Seattle live in your head, maybe you ought to start charging rent.

  38. 49erdynasty says: Oct 1, 2013 7:46 PM

    @trollhammer20 very fitting name for a Seahawks fan.

    We’ve never heard a city talk so much for having won so little. Your troll fans can’t seem to keep away from any press we receive, whether it be good or bad. Are we annoyed by you fans? Yes, there is no doubt. Is your newly found team a legitimate rival? Not quite.

  39. mutantman87 says: Oct 1, 2013 7:50 PM

    Are you freaking kidding me? BJ Daniels was pretty good during the preseason. He seems like a guy they could coach up and develop to be a competent backup, at worst. What does John Skelton bring to the table? He’s arguably the most inaccurate QB in the league right now. What are Baalke and Harbaugh doing? They’ve been weak at receiver for quite some time now (still not fixed, and they missed badly on Jenkins when TY Hilton was taken 2 rounds later), they failed to draft a good CB when the secondary has been a trouble spot since late last season, and they cut a good prospect for JOHN SKELTON!

  40. TheWizard says: Oct 1, 2013 8:00 PM

    Daniels looked like a player. I’m thinking somebody might scoop him up before he can hit the practice squad.

  41. seatownballers says: Oct 1, 2013 8:04 PM

    Calm down people, emotions are running high. Niners weakest link is reciever, why aren’t ya signing any? And Bj Daniels will get picked up before niners can sign him to practice squad. Hell, I bet he’d actually win some games if he started for pittsburgh

  42. hawkstradamus says: Oct 1, 2013 8:12 PM

    Your not our rival By any strech of the term. For the decade plus that we have ruled the NFC west the whiners have occupied the position of “whipping boy”42-14,29-3 are just the most recent in a long line of bent over reverse cowgirl hammerings you have taken in every orifice available.
    I was prepared to let you dwell in the depths of mediocrity until your little pep rally last Thursday, so if you don’t like it keep our name out of your mouth(easy) stop watching the game (you did that all last decade) or beat the seahawks (impossible). Until then it’s open season on the whiners. You guys wrote allot of checks this offseason with your mouths, now we’re here to collect.

  43. Go-Hawks! says: Oct 1, 2013 8:35 PM

    Seahawks and the 49ers are one of the best division rivals to watch in the NFL. But you can make the slippery distinction about the Broncos and the other teams and your playoff meetings all you want. Being that we are in the same division chances are we’d have to meet in the NFC Championship game.

    And Kaepernick isn’t going to take you boys back to the playoffs, especially not with your team all banged up.

  44. adderal says: Oct 1, 2013 9:04 PM

    San Francisco 49ers Head-to-Head Records
    Regular Season Record (all-time) : 535-429-16
    Playoff Record (all-time) : 29-20 (Last appearance after 2012 season)
    Super Bowls Won: 5 out of 6 appearances
    Championships Won: 5
    Seattle Seahawks Head-to-Head Records
    Regular Season Record (all-time) : 284-300-0
    Playoff Record (all-time) : 9-12 (Last appearance after 2012 season)
    Super Bowls Won: 0 out of 1 appearance
    Championships Won: 0

  45. ydousuk says: Oct 1, 2013 9:12 PM

    Report comment
    Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 6:53 PM

    ydousuk says:
    Oct 1, 2013 6:45 PM
    Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 6:31 PM

    goldrush36 says:
    Oct 1, 2013 5:49 PM
    Steelers fans talkin?? Bwahahaha 0-4. Leave football talk to grown ups

    Real steeler fans know when to be quiet.
    —————————————————————

    Then why are you posting?

    1 0
    Report comment. It’s self evident to put little trolls like you straight. Anyone with a handle like yours need attention and this is the last you’ll get from me skippy.
    ————————————————————
    Oh darn, a Pittsburgh fan named “Nofoolnodrool,” who talks smack about other peoples’ “handles,” and calls everyone “skippy” and “Timmy” says he won’t be responding to my posts.

    How devastating………What a Maroon!

  46. 6250claimer says: Oct 1, 2013 10:11 PM

    SKELTON??!! lol. He makes Derek Anderson and Ron Mexico look like pinpoint-accurate QBs. Dude couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn at 10 feet.

  47. uplate5301 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:26 PM

    Cut Daniels? Ludicrous! If they need to change something at backup QB, they should have cut McCoy. Daniels was the best of the bunch pre-season, and if Kaepernick gets injured, had far and away the best chance of taking over without having to radically change the system.

  48. chawk12thman says: Oct 1, 2013 10:28 PM

    I have to admit that SF, Pitt, Den, Oak, NE, GB, and NYG all have been fun to watch throughout the years. Until 1976, I actually cheered for many of the various teams, while growing up. I am an NFL Fan and have been for many years. I respect what past players did and very much respect the different cities’ titles.

    That being said; I am very much enjoying the current season of these Seattle Seahawks’ and am looking forward to what lay ahead for this franchise. I realize the long road ahead and the team/players all say to take it one game at a time, but as a Seahawk fan, I hope to be in NJ watching them play Denver in the upcoming SB.

    Go Hawks!

  49. joemontanafan says: Oct 1, 2013 10:34 PM

    Umm last time I checked we needed RECIEVERS!! Not get rid of our should be 2nd best qb for 2 bums!! Idk about this one Balke.

  50. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 1, 2013 10:34 PM

    49erdynasty says: Oct 1, 2013 6:08 PM

    trollhammer20 says:
    Oct 1, 2013 5:51 PM
    49erdynasty says: Oct 1, 2013 5:31 PM

    Cue the newly found legion of Seahawk trolls…
    _______________________________

    Just can’t get ‘em out of your head, can you?
    _______________________________

    No, we couldn’t care less. We give you credit for kicking our tails. You guys just happen to celebrate regular season wins as if they were championships of some sort. We get it, most of you recently became fans and only recently had something to cheer about in a city where the rain never stops, but there’s definitely another way to go about it.
    =============================

    This from the guy who said Colon Krapernick was one of the top 4 QBs in the NFL after one regular season game vs. GB.

    Ha ha ha ha ha

    Hope you enjoyed your run because Crybaughby and mngmt are proving they can’t pick talent.

  51. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 1, 2013 10:42 PM

    Obviously New Orleans and Seattle are the class of the NFC.

    Both look like they’re getting better.

    San Fran on the way down.

  52. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 1, 2013 10:46 PM

    @49erdynasty says: Oct 1, 2013 6:08 PM

    Scoreboard

    Record

    If you want to live in the past

    Move to Pittsburgh

  53. provguard says: Oct 2, 2013 12:08 AM

    BJ Daniels looked better than Kaepernick during spring training… Really surprising…

  54. sc1179 says: Oct 2, 2013 7:32 AM

    hawkstradamus says:
    Oct 1, 2013 8:12 PM
    Your not our rival By any strech of the term. For the decade plus that we have ruled the NFC west the whiners have occupied the position of “whipping boy”42-14,29-3 are just the most recent in a long line of bent over reverse cowgirl hammerings you have taken in every orifice available.

    Are you retarded hawstradamus? You went 1-1 against us last year and 0-2 the year before fool. How quickly you forget. I love that you take so much pride in winning a regular season game against us. You guys hang that week 2 banner yet chump? Typical pathetic seahawk fan. You have to talk smack about regular season victories because thats all your team knows. Well that and stealing the 12th man from Texas A&M and having to pay them a boat load of cash every year for using it. You and the rest of that fan base are a joke.

  55. dobber707 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:30 AM

    Don’t blame seachickens fans if I only saw the sun for 10 days a year I’d be a little cranky. just stay finish your jigsaw puzzle next sunny day feb 23 2014 YOU PUNKS.

  56. pnwl4a says: Oct 2, 2013 2:43 PM

    dobber707 says:
    Oct 2, 2013 9:30 AM
    Don’t blame seachickens fans if I only saw the sun for 10 days a year I’d be a little cranky. just stay finish your jigsaw puzzle next sunny day feb 23 2014 YOU PUNKS.

    ————————————————-

    Clearly you know nothing about the pacific northwest and apparently less about football.

  57. pnwl4a says: Oct 2, 2013 2:49 PM

    sc1179 says:
    Oct 2, 2013 7:32 AM
    hawkstradamus says:
    Oct 1, 2013 8:12 PM
    Your not our rival By any strech of the term. For the decade plus that we have ruled the NFC west the whiners have occupied the position of “whipping boy”42-14,29-3 are just the most recent in a long line of bent over reverse cowgirl hammerings you have taken in every orifice available.

    Are you retarded hawstradamus? You went 1-1 against us last year and 0-2 the year before fool. How quickly you forget. I love that you take so much pride in winning a regular season game against us. You guys hang that week 2 banner yet chump? Typical pathetic seahawk fan. You have to talk smack about regular season victories because thats all your team knows. Well that and stealing the 12th man from Texas A&M and having to pay them a boat load of cash every year for using it. You and the rest of that fan base are a joke.

    ——————————————–

    Adding last years thumping and this years win, Hawks are up, by a lot…
    It is funny how much smack talk was being spouted off by 9er’s fans, now after the thumping its “I love that you take so much pride in winning a regular season game against us.” well DUH.. idiot.
    Bringing up that fact that the 49ers have won past SB’s is great, but its the past, what have you done lately? Oh yeah, lose to the Colts…. better luck in London..

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