INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 15: Nate Davis #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass during the preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 15, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 49ers defeated the Colts 37-17. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nate Davis
The San Francisco 49ers just won a high-stakes game of chicken with their possible quarterback of the future.
It was a risky move when the 49ers waived him Monday. Any of the 31 NFL teams could have grabbed Davis at his original 49ers contract. The 49ers crossed their fingers and held their breath hoping that no one would.
Nate Davis Faithful across the Bay Area had expected for the 49ers to lose out on the second-year cult hero of a third-string quarterback. Davis' confidante Jason Whitlock, formerly of the Kansas City Star and ESPN, had reported via his Twitter that "Multiple teams have put in to claim Nate."
Coach Singletary had wanted to keep Davis around, but felt he needed a third-string quarterback with real NFL experience. After bringing in Troy Smith for the job, Sing told KNBR Tuesday morning that cutting Nate Davis was a "a risk we needed to take."
Do realize that this great Nate euphoria could be short-lived. Matt Maiocco of Comcast points out on his Twitter account that Nate can still be plucked off the 49ers' practice squad if any NFL team commits to putting him on their active roster.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who thinks this is most important reunion since Frasier and Niles.