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49ers claim McLeod Bethel-Thompson, waive John Skelton

Mcleod Bether-Thompson

Minnesota Vikings quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson warms up before their NFL football game Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


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.