The understudy to Aaron Rodgers might be the least steady job in sports these days.
From Graham Harrell to B.J. Coleman to Vince Young, the Green Bay Packers went through their in- and out-of-house options to protect their best asset and decided that none were worthy of the role.
On Sunday, they switched gears again, signing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Seneca Wallace, after previously also adding ex-49er Scott Tolzien to the practice squad and releasing Coleman. Mind you, the Packers play at the 49ers — the site of their playoff demolishing — in Week 1. ESPN's Ed Werder had the news first.
Packers signing Seneca Wallace as backup to Aaron Rodgers. They open vs Niners and have two of their QBS - Wallace, Scott Tolzien to prep D.
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 2, 2013
The last three words of Werder's tweet, "to prep D," almost make it sound like Wallace and Tolzien maybe shouldn't unpack fully or go condo shopping in Appleton, Wisc. anytime soon. Are the Packers only signing the two former Niners (Wallace was with the team for just over a week, it should be noted, after previously working in training camp with the Saints) simply for intelligence purposes? Or have they finally found their guy(s)?
Another subplot to this story is that 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh indicated to the media that Wallace had considered retiring, but Wallace refutes the story, per Werder. He also says that Wallace might believe his signing in San Francisco was the impetus for Colt McCoy, Colin Kaepernick's backup, to take a pay cut and that the Niners had no plans of actually letting Wallace try to make the team.
So, then, is Wallace simply signing with the Packers to help beat the 49ers? The plot thickens. The question now becomes whether they'll stick around in Green Bay after that point.