On Thursday, Seneca Wallace went to San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh to tell him he was done playing football, potentially leaving a QB roster spot open for the talented B.J. Daniels.
“It’s something that was his decision,” Harbaugh said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “He felt strongly about it. I don’t talk people out of that. I’ve never seen it done on game day, but I wish him well.”
Wallace, 33, started some games early in his career for the Seattle Seahawks in relief of Matt Hasselbeck, and also had a couple of spot starts for the Cleveland Browns when 49ers’ current No. 2 Colt McCoy went down with injury. After not playing in 2012, Wallace was attempting a comeback in what would have been his 10th season in the league.
According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Wallace wasn’t slated to take a snap in Thursday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. After being cut earlier in training camp by the New Orleans Saints, Wallace apparently realized his chance of ever seeing the field again in game action was over.
After being brought in less than two two weeks ago to push the current backups, Wallace never realistically had a chance at the No. 2 quarterback spot. His decision to retire makes Harbaugh’s job easier as he looks to cut 18 players from the roster by Saturday.
Daniels again looked sharp Thursday against the Chargers; he tossed two touchdown passes in just nine attempts, while rushing for 54 yards. Daniels possesses great speed and a good arm — given his attributes — he’s an obvious choice to be groomed for the eventual backup role to Colin Kaepernick.
Harbaugh has kept three QB’s on the roster in both of his previous seasons as head coach with the team. Don’t look for that to change this season, as Daniels has simply been too impressive to ignore.
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