The Seahawks just announced they have claimed quarterback B.J. Daniels off waivers from the 49ers, releasing LB John Lotulelei to make room.
In early August, during the preseason, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote of Daniels: “He will remind fans a little of Russell Wilson.”
There are a few similarities. For starters, Daniels is 5 foot 11, although there are those who think he’s even shorter than that. Daniels impressed some in San Francisco with his arm strength and instincts, two traits we hear talked about with Wilson.
Yet Daniels was not active for any of San Francisco’s first four games and was deemed expendable (though this story reports the team wanted to bring him back on the practice squad). A seventh-round pick, Daniels spent time in the preseason working at wide receiver, running back and in the return game, although as the Chronicle noted, “He might not be fast enough for those positions.” (Here’s a story that details Daniels’ willingness to play other positions and Seattle’s potential of asking him to help at areas other than quarterback).
Daniels completed 62 percent of his passes in the preseason and threw three touchdowns and no interceptions. He was also sacked five times. There were some in San Francisco who even thought Daniels had beaten out veteran Colt McCoy for the backup job with the way he played.
It will be interesting to see how Seattle handles Daniels. The Seahawks have rarely kept three quarterbacks under GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll. Yet Daniels proved intriguing enough for Seattle to see something in him (or maybe, as NFL.com points out, they also wanted to take a little jab at the 49ers).
As the Chronicle wrote, “Stunning the 49ers would subject quarterback B.J. Daniels to the waiver wire. Good, young, mobile quarterbacks are as rare as hen’s teeth, and Daniels proved he was all those things.”
Daniels played his college ball at South Florida.
Lotulelei made Seattle’s 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent from UNLV and had played in two games, making three tackles overall.
Seattle paid Lotulelei a signing bonus of $25,000 last spring, the highest given to any undrafted free agent, and Lotulelei was an early training camp standout.
He’s now free to be signed by any other team, though Lotulelei would be an obvious candidate to return on the practice squad if he sneaks through waivers.
Seattle also announced it has brought back WR Arceto Clark to the practice squad, waiving TE Jameson Konz.