Pete Carroll last month said the Seahawks were eying quarterback B.J. Daniels during the draft only to watch the 49ers come in and snatch him up in the seventh round. On Wednesday, Carroll and the Seahawks returned the favor.
Seattle put in a waiver claim on Daniels, released by the 49ers on Tuesday, and he is now part of Seattle's 53-man roster. Daniels is the exact same height as the Seahawks' starting quarterback, Russell Wilson, and the two have similar arm strength and scrambling ability.
The 49ers selected Daniels in the seventh round, originally giving him a jack-of-all-trades role that included running back, receiver and punt returner. During the offseason, however, it became clear that Daniels had enough talent to play quarterback and quarterback only. He threw three touchdown passes in the preseason and finished the summer session with a higher passer rating than Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien.
Said Carroll before the 49ers and Seahawks met last month: "We thought he was a nice player and interesting guy to get on the team, and thought a lot of him. We feel like we know him, and if he has a chance to play at least we have some background in him. We studied him very carefully and all that. But we think a lot of his ability."
The 49ers released Daniels Tuesday and signed John Skelton to a one-year deal today. Jim Harbaugh said the team wanted multiple veterans on the roster and that they intended to add Daniels to the practice squad. Said Harbaugh today before the Seahawks' move was known: "We'll be hopeful that B.J. will return and trust that we have a plan for him and a process of developing him and getting him to play in the National Football League as well."
Asked why the 49ers needed two veteran backups -- Colt McCoy being the other -- Harbaugh said that some teams like to keep two veterans on the roster, others prefer three. "We're one of the teams that like to go for three," he said. It should be noted that two of San Francisco's three quarterbacks in 2011 were rookies -- Kaepernick and Tolzien.
Skelton has started 17 games over the last three seasons for Arizona, including three against the 49ers. He's thrown 15 touchdowns against 25 interceptions over his NFL career and has a 63 passer rating.
-- Matt Barrows