After the 49ers and Seahawks signed several of the other squad's former players in 2013, it was seen as form of psychological warfare between the bitter rivals. That is, what better way to learn about the enemy than by capturing one or two of the former soldiers?
A less sexy - but perhaps more accurate - way of explaining the back-and-forth transactions is that the Seahawks and 49ers simply like the same types of players. After all, former 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan is now a senior personnel executive with Seattle. That concept was corroborated in September by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who said the Seahawks were hoping to land quarterback B.J. Daniels, whom the 49ers drafted in the seventh round.
"We thought he was a nice player and interesting guy to get on the team, and thought a lot of him," Carroll said at the time. "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."
When the 49ers released Daniels in October to make room for John Skelton, the Seahawks snapped him up. They later moved him to their practice squad, and today they signed Daniels to a reserve/future deal, which means the former South Florida quarterback will compete for a spot on the Seahawks roster this offseason.
The 49ers, meanwhile, have two quarterbacks signed for the upcoming season - Colin Kaepernick and McLeod Bethel-Thompson. Colt McCoy is a pending free agent, and the 49ers could bring in another passer - free agent or through the draft - in the offseason.
While the Seahawks landed Daniels, the 49ers signed two Seahawks 2013 draft picks, receiver Chris Harper and guard Ryan Seymour. Harper was eventually released and picked up by the Packers. Seymour is expected to compete for a spot on the interior of the offensive line this offseason.
-- Matt Barrows