San Francisco 49ers: John Skelton

A Josh Gordon trade on horizon?

October, 7, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Some personnel chatter on the San Francisco 49ers' front:

There had been speculation the 49ers could claim receiver Stephen Williams, after he was cut by Seattle on Saturday. But he was claimed by Jacksonville, which has a higher waiver priority than the 49ers. It is unknown if San Francisco put in a claim for Williams because the league no longer announces all waiver claims.

San Francisco going after Williams would make sense, as it has a need for receivers and the Seahawks and 49ers keep taking each other’s leftovers.

Speaking of receivers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the 49ers have talked to the Cleveland Browns about receiver Josh Gordon. He’d likely cost, at least, a second-round pick. If the Chiefs win three more games, a third-round pick will turn into a second rounder as part of the Alex Smith trade. Thus, the 49ers may have two second rounders.

However, Schefter reports the 49ers may be reluctant because they are on track to get Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree back from injuries.

Thus, while the need for Gordon is large now, it may not be in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, there is another quarterback available. The Raiders cut former starter Matt Flynn.

Could the 49ers be interested? They have looked at a lot of veterans lately and appear to be looking for an upgrade over Colt McCoy. The team just signed John Skelton and reportedly looked at Josh Freeman before he signed with the Vikings.

With all that being said, I just don’t see the 49ers being attracted to Flynn because he's too much like McCoy.

Circling back to Josh Freeman

October, 3, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Earlier this week, we examined if quarterback Josh Freeman would interest the San Francisco 49ers in a trade.

Now, the scenario has changed. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the 25-year-old former starter outright Thursday. He is free to sign with any team.

Answer me this: If starter Colin Kaepernick were to get injured, do the 49ers have a better option than Freeman on the roster? It is a question the 49ers have to be currently asking themselves.

When Freeman does land, I’d be surprised if it’s with the 49ers. He will have better chances to play elsewhere and the need isn’t pressing.

But here’s why I wouldn’t be shocked if the 49ers didn’t, at least, consider talking to Freeman: Jim Harbaugh loves quarterbacks.

The 49ers just signed John Skelton. Freeman is a better short- and long-term prospect than Skelton. Freeman is also a better option that Colt McCoy, the 49ers’ current No. 2, who could potentially be unseated by Skelton soon. I think Harbaugh would smile himself to sleep at the thought of a quarterback stable of Kaepernick, Skelton and Freeman.

Again, there are obstacles in the way of making it happen, but there are reasons to believe such a pairing is intriguing to San Francisco.
Here are some highlights from our San Francisco 49ers' chat, which was held earlier Thursday:

Chvu from San Diego: Please help me understand the signing of J. Skelton as how that strengthens the team. The man has repeatedly proven he's not an NFL player, not less QB. Even Jacksonville, Raiders, Jets didn't want him as back up. Thanks.

Bill Williamson: I just think they think they can develop him into a decent No. 2. I think it may say a lot about the team’s thoughts on Colt McCoy.

Jeff from Omaha: Do you see the 49ers trying to play more games like they did against the Rams? Heavy on the run, less on Kaepernick and the passing game?

BW: Pound it that way until it doesn't work.

TE from LA: Why would the Niners release by Daniels? They had to know that Seattle would pick him up.

BW: They think he's a long ways away. Just a thought here: Just because Seattle took him it doesn't mean he's going to be good.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – One of the reasons John Skelton is excited to be a San Francisco 49er is his desire to play for Jim Harbaugh.

“There’s no doubt about it, I wanted to play for him,” the quarterback said Wednesday. “He’s been there before. He’s played at this level. I’ve talked to guys who played for him and I’ve heard nothing but good things. … When you get to know him you see what he’s all about – it’s a passion for the game. He’d strap it on again if he could. … I want to learn from him.”

Harbaugh is just as fired up to work with Skelton.

“Good stature in the pocket. Experienced guy.” Harbaugh said of the former Arizona Cardinals starter. “He’s played, won games and been in those battles. Had an excellent workout when he was here a few weeks back. One of the better workouts I’ve seen from a quarterback in one of those type of workout environments. … Big, strong, definitely has arm talent. I’m excited to work with him, and that’s really what it amounts to.”

The 49ers signed Skelton, who was recently cut by Cincinnati, and released rookie B.J. Daniels. The 49ers had planned to re-sign Daniels to the practice squad, but he was claimed Wednesday by Seattle.

Harbaugh indicated the 49ers wanted more overall experience at quarterback. Skelton likely will push Colt McCoy for the No. 2 job behind Colin Kaepernick. Harbaugh wouldn’t talk about the backup competition, but it is clear the 49ers brought Skelton in to see if he can progress in their system. If Skelton quickly catches up, I could see a scenario where he overtakes McCoy fairly soon.

“[We have] three quarterbacks that all have played in games and been in the fire, and now we have three at our disposal,” Harbaugh said. “We have a great starter and two guys now, two guys to back up that have been in those games."
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday that the team was hoping to reconnect with preseason star quarterback B.J. Daniels. But, naturally, the Seattle Seahawks got in the way.

According to several news outlets, the Seahawks claimed the seventh-round pick off waivers, one day after the the 49ers cut Daniels to make room for veteran quarterback John Skelton.

Seattle’s claim is not a surprise. Coach Pete Carroll said last month that the team liked Daniels, and both the 49ers and the Seahawks have made it a sport to poach players from the other’s roster.

The 49ers wanted to keep Daniels in the program. Harbaugh said less than an hour before the claim was made that the team hoped to bring back Daniels to the practice squad.

They cut him in favor of Skelton because they think Skelton's experience can help the 53-man roster more at this point. I get the sense the team thinks Daniels is very much a developmental player and that he’s nowhere close to being ready to help.

I know many fans will be up in arms about losing Daniels, who dazzled in the preseason. But the truth is, he is a long way from being a factor on Sundays.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- There are two interesting players available via trade at the moment -- Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman and Tennessee receiver Kenny Britt.

Could the San Francisco 49ers be a fit for either? The 49ers need a receiver and have looked at veteran backup quarterbacks in the past month, so it's not out of the question for San Francisco to have interest. Plus, the 49ers' brass has been aggressive in the trade market and the team has a big surplus of draft picks next year. So there are reasons to believe the 49ers would be open to dealing.

But do Freeman or Britt make sense for the 49ers? Let's take a look:

Freeman: The 49ers have recently considered quarterbacks Brady Quinn and John Skelton. Freeman is more skilled than either of those players, and he'd arguably be an upgrade over current backup Colt McCoy. But I'm not sure adding him would be worth it. There is no great need and the 49ers don't have a lot of salary-cap room, so adding Freeman could be tricky. There are things to like about this pairing, but I'm just not sure making it happen would be a priority.

Britt: The 49ers could use a receiver. They aren't getting much help beyond No. 1 receiver Anquan Boldin. However, Mario Manningham may be back within the month, and Michael Crabtree could return for the stretch run. So the 49ers may not feel the need to add a receiver. Along with Britt, Cleveland's Josh Gordon is reportedly also available. Sure, the 49ers could use one of those players now. But in the long run, I'm not sure it would be worth the money, investment and potential hassle considering both Britt and Gordon have had off-field issues. The 49ers are busy enough dealing with pass rusher Aldon Smith's troubles.

Why the interest in Brady Quinn?

September, 9, 2013
ESPN analyst Chris Mortensen reported the San Francisco 49ers had talks with quarterback Brady Quinn before he re-signed with the New York Jets on Monday.

This means two things: The 49ers are still open-minded about the position and intelligence on the Seattle Seahawks is appreciated.

The 49ers looked at former Arizona Cardinals starter John Skelton last week. Colt McCoy is the backup and preseason standout B.J. Daniels is the 49ers’ third quarterback.

Quinn was recently cut by Seattle and San Francisco plays the Seahawks on Sunday. An NFC West subplot this season: Both teams will take a look at players the other discarded.

According to Mortensen, though, Quinn was only interested in a guaranteed deal with the 49ers for the rest of the year. The need is not that great, so talks didn't go anywhere.

The 49ers will likely continue to look at quarterbacks and, of course, still be open for business when it comes to former Seahawks.
For a team that has one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL in Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers have sure been in the news a lot lately when it comes to the movement at the position.

It continued Tuesday when SportsXchange's Howard Balzer reported the team worked out former Arizona starter John Skelton. I confirmed the news. There is no clarity whether it was simply a run-of-the-mill workout or if the 49ers want to sign Skelton.

The team has Colt McCoy and rookie B.J. Daniels backing up Kaepernick. McCoy took a pay cut to keep his job. The team had a short fling with Seneca Wallace, who is now in Green Bay. The team also cut Scott Tolzien, who is now on Green Bay’s practice squad. And yes, the 49ers play the Packers on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the 49ers added tight end Derek Carrier to their practice squad. Carrier, an athletic player who has a chance to develop, spent time with Oakland and Philadelphia last year.

Any discussion of the game’s top players is going to include its share of 49ers. In an Insider piece, Herm Edwards mentions plenty of 49ers Insider as he looks at the game’s best players.