49ers sign Jermaine Cunningham, expected to sign John Skelton
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.