The 49ers initially worked out John Skelton one month ago, but didn’t comment on why the team was looking at him. Fast forward to Tuesday and Skelton tried out for the Tennessee Titans which forced the 49ers to decide whether they want him or not.
Skelton said he wasn’t offered a contract by the Titans, but it sparked a response by the 49ers. After his workout in Santa Clara on September 3, he said the 49ers wanted him to notify the team if any others had contacted him
“They were truthful with me,” Skelton said on Wednesday. “They [told me] ‘We’ll take it a week at a time [and] we’ll see what happens.’ They just asked me to be truthful if any other teams talked to me or showed interest. It was all positive [when I talked to my agents and when they talked to the front office]. I started in El Paso, then went to Nashville [before coming to Santa Clara] in two days and I’m happy to be here.”
The former Arizona Cardinals quarterback has 15 touchdown passes and 25 interceptions in his three year career. A fifth-round draft pick in 2010, Skelton has an 8-9 record in 17 games as a starter. Last year in Arizona, he started six games after Kevin Kolb was injured and was benched in favor of Ryan Lindley.
He says he is “fortunate’ that he doesn’t have to play against the 49ers when recalling his experiences while with the Cardinals. Skelton remembered Jim Harbaugh’s team being one of the toughest defenses he faced.
Even though he spent the entire training camp period with the Cincinnati Bengals, Skelton said he expects to learn everything on the fly. He has enjoyed the vibe in the 49ers locker room saying it’s a great staff and group of players to work with.
“[The team is] in the middle of a book right now and I have to hop in it,” Skelton said. “I'll play catch up and get to [where everyone else is]. [With this team] being 2-2, everyone is ready and positive to get back to work. Right now [I need to] learn the offense and get it observed. That's my focus right now.”