Let’s take another look at a San Francisco 49ers player that’s approaching free agency without lighting up the stat sheet.
On paper and perception, this one seems cut and dry. Colt McCoy grasped onto a roster spot with the 2013 49ers by the narrowest of margins. He was in a consistent preseason battle just to make the team with guys like Scott Tolzein, B.J. Daniels, and for a matter of moments it seemed, Seneca Wallace. Before the final preseason game of the season, McCoy agreed to a base salary reduction from $1.5 million to $630,000 per year. Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke played a game of rotating third string quarterbacks throughout the season as well. They appeared to be consistently sending McCoy a message that his position on the team wasn’t a sure thing.
After signing John Skelton on October 2 and releasing him on October 9, the 49ers signed McLeod Bethel-Thompson off of waivers from the Minnesota Vikings. Bethel-Thompson has been a quarterback whom Harbaugh has always spoken highly of. Harbaugh likes his arm strength and aptitude for the game of football. The 49ers signed Bethel-Thompson to a reserve/future contract on January 22, 2014 with hopes of grooming him into Colin Kaepernick’s backup for 2014.
Is the writing on the wall for Colt McCoy and the 49ers? I believe so. McCoy was a superb college quarterback. Not many won games at a higher percentage than McCoy in their college careers. He has an excellent work ethic, and he’s another one of those types with a high football IQ. But McCoy has a propensity for being injured, and let’s face it, he has a limited NFL skillset. With a player like McLeod Bethel-Thompon having been in Harbaugh’s system a couple of times now, he’s shown a higher upside as a fill in for Kaepernick. That’s not exactly a resounding endorsement, but in the end, that’s all it will take to unseat Colt McCoy.