The picture at quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers continues to change for the Green Bay Packers. They let Graham Harrell walk after trying out veteran Vince Young for the top backup quarterback spot during the preseason, but Young didn’t survive the team’s final roster cuts on Saturday.
On Sunday, it appeared the Packers were going to go with unproven second-year quarterback B.J. Coleman as the team’s only backup behind Rodgers to begin the season. However, this changed rather quickly this morning.
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
Wallace enters his 10th year in the league and brings some experience to the position. He played his first seven seasons for the Seattle Seahawks before going to Cleveland in 2010 and spending two years as a backup for the Browns. The veteran quarterback has 21 total starts in nine years and should be a more reliable option at quarterback than Harrell, Young, or Coleman.
Wallace was released by the Forty-Niners this week after being brought in to compete with Colt McCoy for one of the backup quarterback jobs. Wallace’s release from San Francisco was clouded in some confusion as Coach Jim Harbaugh announced Wallace was retiring. Wallace later refuted this claim and believed the Forty-Niners were only using him as leverage to reach an agreement with McCoy.
Green Bay also announced they released Coleman and signed another former Forty-Niners quarterback, Scott Tolzien, to their practice squad. You may remember Tolzien from his time as the Wisconsin Badgers quarterback.
The Packers should keep Wallace and Tolzien as their reserve quarterbacks going into the regular season.