SANTA CLARA The 49ers now have five quarterbacks on their roster after signing former Seahawks and Browns passer Seneca Wallace to a one-year deal Thursday.
Wallace was cut by the Saints earlier this week and worked out for the 49ers on Wednesday. To make room, the team cut wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, a housemate of Colin Kaepernick's and the starting quarterback's best friend on the team.
Wallace (Cordova High School, Sacramento City College) last played in 2011 with Cleveland. He originally was a fourth-round pick by Seattle. In 2010, he was traded to the Browns and served as current 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy's backup in 2010 and 2011. Eric Mangini, whom the 49ers hired as a consultant in the offseason, was the Browns' head coach when they traded for Wallace.
Neither McCoy nor Scott Tolzien has played well in the first two preseason games, prompting coach Jim Harbaugh to increase rookie B.J. Daniels' snap count in practice this week.
Harbaugh said McCoy will continue to be the No. 2 quarterback behind Kaepernick in Sunday's preseason game against Minnesota but has indicated Daniels will enter the game earlier than he did last Friday in Kansas City, Mo.
Playing mostly against the Chiefs' reserve defense, Daniels finished 6 for 9 for 72 yards with one touchdown and a 128 passer rating. McCoy threw an interception, while Tolzien nearly threw two. McCoy has a 25.3 passer rating through two preseason games. Tolzien's is 56.9.
Harbaugh noted Wednesday that McCoy is learning a new offense. "It's definitely a factor," Harbaugh said. " He's working at it very hard. It means a lot to him, and it does to us, too. We're coaching him up the best we can, and we'll keep striving for improvement each day."
Lockette, meanwhile, was a track star in college and seemingly had all the measurables speed and size to make an impact at the 49ers' wide-open receiver position. He also spent the full offseason training with Kaepernick.
However, he had too few catches in practices and doesn't have a reception through two preseason games. The 49ers also would like to see more of the new receivers Jon Baldwin, Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins in the final two preseason contests.
McBath out for year Safety Darcel McBath was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury he suffered while running down Chiefs punt returner Devon Wylie last Friday.