B.J. Daniels, the latest move in the chess match between the Seahawks and the 49ers, doesn’t think he’s simply a pawn.
Daniels, who was claimed off waivers by Seattle after the 49ers hoped to stash him on the practice squad, said he doesn’t think the Seahawks were only interested in mining him for secrets.
“I don’t agree with that at all, honestly, because in the draft process, I had Seattle come and work me out as a private workout,’’ Daniels said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “So this is one of the places I thought I was potentially going to get drafted. . . .
“That’s all overrated. It doesn’t help at all anyway, to be honest with you. It’s just one of those big, running jokes that doesn’t really mean a whole lot.’’
The Seahawks’ interest in Daniels could well be genuine. Draft workouts can often be an indicator, and Daniels has a set of skills that translate well to what they already do (and he has experience with, from portraying Russell Wilson for the scout team in 49ers practice).
But he also can’t be so naive as to think their interest in him would have been as intense and immediate if he had just been cut by any other old team.