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August 30, 2013
Agent: QB Seneca Wallace not stepping away


Seneca Wallace, who did not travel with the team to San Diego for Thursday's preseason finale, has no immediate plan to retire, his agent said today. Instead, agent Don Yee said Wallace met with Jim Harbaugh the morning of the game and said he didn't want to play if it meant mop-up work at the end.

After the game Harbaugh said Wallace told him he's not "continuing playing football." When asked by The Chronicle's Eric Branch if that meant Wallace, 33, was retiring, Harbaugh said, "Yeah, that's where it was left."

Yee, however, said Wallace hoped to keep playing. "That is not my understanding," he said of retirement plans. "My understanding is that Seneca will continue his football career but that there was a discussion about his situation particularly with the 49ers."

When the 49ers signed Wallace Aug. 22, fellow backup Colt McCoy seemed to be on shaky ground after two poor outings. However, three days later McCoy showed improvement against the Vikings -- and perhaps more important, he restructured his contract -- and Harbaugh named him the No. 2 quarterback after that game. Wallace got in on the last offensive series against Minnesota and completed his only two passes.

Asked Monday about the string of events, Wallace (Cordova High) said, "I'm just coming in and trying to do what I can. Harbaugh's been here for a long period time and has been doing a great job and knows what this team needs, and whatever that is -- looking for a No. 2 (quarterback) or a solid No. 3 -- whatever the case may be, I'm just trying to come in and do whatever I can."

Several teams may be looking for quarterbacks after final cuts are announced Saturday, and it's reasonable to assume that Wallace did not want to risk an injury behind the 49ers' backup offensive line if he had no chance to make the squad. Wallace is expecting the team to cut him today or Saturday.

Harbaugh said he was surprised by Wallace's decision. "He felt strongly about it," Harbaugh said. "I don't talk people out of that, you know? I've never seen it done on game day, but I wish him well."

Colin Kaepernick started Thursday's game followed by McCoy and rookie B.J. Daniels. That appears to be the team's pecking order at quarterback entering the season.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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