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49ers sign Seneca Wallace to join crowded quarterback competition

  • Seneca Wallace has started 21 games in his nine-year NFL career. (Scott R. Galvin / Associated Press)

SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers have added another quarterback to the competition to be Colin Kaepernick's backup, signing nine-year veteran Seneca Wallace to a one-year contract Thursday.

While Colt McCoy had appeared to be the favorite to win the No. 2 job coming into training camp, neither he nor Scott Tolzien have separated themselves. Even rookie B.J. Daniels has been deemed a contender, though clearly Wallace now will get a chance with little time to prepare before the Sept. 8 season opener against Green Bay.

49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said this week that Sunday's game against Minnesota would be important for all of the quarterbacks.

"I think it's going to be a big game for them, big game for all of us," Roman said. "But, I think they just need to improve really down-in, down-out consistency. The right reads, obviously making the right throws. They've done some really good stuff up 'til now, stuff that's under-the-radar type things. Again, they've had some plays that they'd love to do over again. So, it's a matter of coming out this week and having a really strong performance."

Wallace, who was competing with Luke McCown to back up Drew Brees in New Orleans, had his contract terminated by the Saints on Monday.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday that McCoy likely would play second after Kaepernick's stint is done in Sunday night's exhibition against Minnesota at Candlestick Park. McCoy, Tolzien and Daniels each have been getting regular repetitions in practice with the No. 2 offense, Harbaugh said.

He isn't against giving a rookie the backup quarterback job, which Kaepernick had behind Alex Smith after being drafted in the second round from Nevada in 2011.

"Yes, it's OK. How that plays out, we will see," Harbaugh said. "It's OK for a veteran to be the backup."

McCoy hasn't looked sharp or comfortable this preseason, and it appears he is still trying to find his way in Harbaugh's expansive offense. He has completed 6 of 13 passes for 76 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions while also getting sacked once.

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