The 49ers waived Daniels on Tuesday to make room for quarterback John Skelton. In his Wednesday afternoon press conference, head coach Jim Harbaugh mentioned that the team wanted Daniels back for developmental purposes, but alas, it is not to be.
Daniels looked sharp in preseason action, with some arguing he should climb ahead of Colt McCoy on the depth chart. Daniels sat out the 49ers preseason opener, but then looked incredibly sharp the remaining three games. He was 6 of 13 of 21 for 178 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 87 yards on 12 carries, looking solid in both read option and scrambling.
The 49ers kept him on the 53-man roster when they reached final roster cuts. The 49ers have their quarterback of the future, but you can never have too many good quarterbacks. Had they had a chance to develop him further, there is a chance he could have developed into a solid trading chip. Instead, we'll have to wait and see what the future brings elsewhere.
The 49ers decided having two veterans behind Colin Kaepernick was in their best interest. It will officially turn into "what could have been" with Daniels, but such is life. I wish the best to Daniels, but kinda hope it doesn't come back to bite the 49ers in the butt.