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49ers claim McLeod Bethel-Thompson, waive John Skelton


The 49ers are spinning the backup quarterback carousel again,

Last week, the 49ers signed quarterback John Skelton and waived rookie B.J. Daniels in a shuffle of third-string quarterbacks behind Colin Kaepernick and Colt McCoy. This week, it’s Skelton that’s out.

The NFL’s daily transaction release brought news that San Francisco claimed quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson off of waivers from the Vikings and waived Skelton. Bethel-Thompson was waived by Minnesota when they signed Josh Freeman earlier this week.

Bethel-Thompson was in 49ers camp in 2011, so there’s some familiarity with head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman. The 49ers offense has changed quite a bit from the one they were running back then, but Bethel-Thompson’s not going to have to run it unless catastrophe were to strike higher up on the depth chart.

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24 Responses to “49ers claim McLeod Bethel-Thompson, waive John Skelton”
  1. bucrightoff says: Oct 9, 2013 6:00 PM

    And under Harbaugh’s tutelage he’ll be better than any of the QBs on the Vikings right now.

  2. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Oct 9, 2013 6:13 PM

    San Francisco just got themselves a real nice QB.

  3. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 9, 2013 6:15 PM

    Okay, I was wrong. I didn’t think anyone would be interested in adding McBLT to their roster, but I forgot that John Skelton was still in the league.

  4. 13curtjp says: Oct 9, 2013 6:19 PM

    Looks like he’ll get another comped trip to London.

  5. skolvikesskol says: Oct 9, 2013 6:51 PM

    Congrats 49ers… McBLT aka the law firm aka McCloud aka the bet…. Has a huge cannon for an arm and is absolutely fearless…. Although he might not see the field u just got the best 3rd string qb in the league and darn good backup if it comes to that.

  6. oldguardof60s says: Oct 9, 2013 6:53 PM

    Vikings messed up again and released the wrong guy. It should have been Ponder.

  7. tjjohnson98 says: Oct 9, 2013 6:54 PM

    Law Firm Jr.

  8. allday420ap says: Oct 9, 2013 7:06 PM

    I always thought MBT had some potential as a vikes fan, much more likeable than colon kaps too

  9. justintuckrule says: Oct 9, 2013 7:07 PM

    whoa…McLeod Bethel-Thompson is white? Would have never guessed.

  10. floriotheoreo says: Oct 9, 2013 7:08 PM

    You down with MBT? Yeah, you know me.

  11. yankeedudedandy says: Oct 9, 2013 7:23 PM

    WTH?!?! I don’t get this!

  12. mediasloppy says: Oct 9, 2013 7:25 PM

    He’ll make the rounds. Kind of like Tyler Thigpen did.

  13. afcdomination says: Oct 9, 2013 7:58 PM

    should have kept coleman

  14. icemamba says: Oct 9, 2013 8:02 PM

    They had a growing talent with BJ Daniels who has the exact same tools as kaep, and they got rid of him. Now the Seahawks have a QB they can slowly develop. Questionable moves by Harbaugh.

  15. phukurmouf says: Oct 9, 2013 8:07 PM


  16. tremoluxman says: Oct 9, 2013 8:12 PM

    The Vikes didn’t have some scrub 3rd stringer they could cut to keep MBT? Seriously?

  17. packersarethebest says: Oct 9, 2013 8:52 PM

    This team is desperate. I hope that these signings aren’t a reflection on how confident they are about Colin “One-Season-Wonder” Kaepernick

  18. adderal says: Oct 9, 2013 9:42 PM

    Id love to hear what Harbough is looking for in a third string qb who will be inactive all year. Why change it three times in two weeks???

  19. selbyrj82 says: Oct 9, 2013 9:57 PM

    Drop Dennis Dixon and sign Skellton to your practice squad now, Bills, in case Thad Lewis proves to be nothing more than a Tuel. Skelltons no answer but he’s started and won some games in short term situations before.

  20. th56 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:09 PM

    As a vikings fan I have to say he was the only QB who every did anything in preseason. I’d rather let him finish out the season than either Ponder or Cassel.

  21. baymac408 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:35 PM

    Desperate? After Kaep put up 400 on the packers sure bro! What is desperate and stupid about this situation is we made a mistake by cutting bj Daniels.. After he was claimed an realized we were stuck with McCoy and Skelton had to get one of those clowns out.. At least now we have a 3rd stringer with potential (even tho bj has more) instead of 2 back up BUSTS.. GO NINERS

  22. FlashPatterson says: Oct 9, 2013 10:49 PM

    I’m a little curious if anyone will sign Ponder after we cut him. If Tebow doesn’t have a job then Ponder really shouldn’t.

  23. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 10, 2013 8:59 AM

    I wish they would have given MBT a chance instead of just letting him go, they needed to let ponder go, why are thy holding on to him, he has had how many years to prove himself.

  24. whatjusthapped says: Oct 10, 2013 9:23 AM

    Leave it to the Vikings to have 4 Qb’s on their roster, cut the only one with upside potential hoping to park him on the practice squad and then lose that bet.

    I hope the kid goes on to have a solid NFL career and then he can look back and thank Rick Spielman for springing him from that hot mess.

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