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Seneca Wallace: 49ers used me to get Colt McCoy to take a pay cut

Jim Harbaugh, Seneca Wallace

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh stands behind quarterback Seneca Wallace (18) during warm up before an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings in San Francisco, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


Former 49ers quarterback Seneca Wallace says the only reason San Francisco signed him this preseason was to squeeze fellow backup quarterback Colt McCoy to get a pay cut.

“I’ve been around this game long enough where I can see what’s going on,” Wallace told the Des Moines Register, “and I realized right away the reason they brought me here was to get Colt to take a pay cut.”

Wallace, who left the 49ers amid reports that he was retiring, said that in reality he just didn’t think San Francisco was the right place for him.

“I have not retired,” Wallace said. “I have just removed myself from the San Francisco situation because it wasn’t a perfect fit for me.”

Wallace says he has no hard feelings for the 49ers, but he doesn’t want to go somewhere if he doesn’t think the team really wants him. As a 33-year-old who hasn’t played since 2011, 1t’s entirely possible that no NFL team does want Wallace, and that he is retired from the NFL whether he wants to be or not.