SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick is getting another experienced backup in the 49ers' quarterback room, as the team Wednesday officially announced the signing of John Skelton to a one-year deal.

"I felt like we wanted to have two veteran quarterbacks, two guys that have started games, played in games, won games," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "I felt like that's what we needed to do at this time."

Skelton spent the past three seasons in the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals, appearing in 20 games and coming off the bench in 2011 to rally the Cardinals past the 49ers in Arizona.

Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton was signed as a backup quarterback by the San Francisco 49ers.
Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton was signed as a backup quarterback by the San Francisco 49ers. (Getty Images)

"He has good stature in the pocket," Harbaugh said on what he likes about the 6-foot-6 Skelton. "He's an experienced guy who has played, won games, been in those battles. He had an excellent workout when he was here a few weeks back; one of the better workouts I've seen from a quarterback."

Skelton's 8-9 record as a starter trumps that of fellow 49ers backup Colt McCoy, who went 6-15 as a Cleveland Browns starter in 2010-11. McCoy's only action as a 49er came at the end of Thursday's 35-11 win at St. Louis.

Skelton, 25, replaces rookie B.J. Daniels, a seventh-round pick who got released Tuesday. The 49ers worked Skelton out a month ago, and he auditioned Tuesday for the Tennessee Titans.


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Skelton will wear No. 18. He spent training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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