The San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday claimed quarterback McLeon Bethel-Thompson off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings.
The 49ers then waived quarterback John Skelton to make room for Bethel-Thompson, who will likely compete with Colt McCoy for the 49ers' backup QB job.
Bethel-Thompson is making his second tour of duty with the 49ers. The 6-3, 230-pound signal caller came to the 49ers as a rookie free agent in 2011, but was released at the end of training camp that year.
He then signed with the Miami Dolphins practice squad, where he remained for the rest of the year.
He then was signed in early January 2012 by the Vikings, but was never activated for any games last season. The Vikings waived him on Oct. 9, 2013.
Bethel-Thompson also has spent time with the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League and the USFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions.
Skelton's tenure was brief with the 49ers, as he signed with them one week ago.