49ers in Free Agency: Colt McCoy

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.


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