Aug 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson (4) throws a pass against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Vikings 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Claims McLeod Bethel-Thompson Off Waivers, Ending His Vikings Career


If you’re the kind of person who’s into raising glasses, then raise one for McLeod Bethel-Thompson who is now officially a former Viking. That’s right, the one-time project quarterback, so beloved of KFAN’s Paul Allen, was picked up on waivers by San Francisco a day after being cut to make way for Josh Freeman. The Vikings had apparently been hoping that MBT would clear waivers so they could add him to the practice squad but alas it was not to be. MBT, farewell.

Funny little side-note to the story: In order to clear a roster spot for the newly-acquired MBT, the 49ers parted ways with former Cardinals quarterback John Skelton. Now think about this for a second. Skelton started for the Cardinals last year when they played the Vikings, and was memorably picked off by Harrison Smith. So in a year Skelton went from starter to getting cut in favor of the Vikings’ fourth-string quarterback. I mean how deep are we at quarterback now?

Realistically, does MBT have a future in the NFL? He has a big arm as he showed us in preseason on more than one occasion. But who really knows. Maybe one day he will get a chance to prove himself somewhere. In Minnesota he provided a couple amusing Paul Allen moments and along the way developed a tiny cult following but that was about it. And his name was kind of fun to say.

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  • Ramon Lang

    In reality he was our second string cause he was better than ponder.

  • Bob E.

    I’m just really glad he signed on somewhere… a lot of talent in that young guy. Easily our best looking QB in pre-season.

  • robb

    Vikings will probably end up regretting this one someday. I guess I am one of the “tiny” following that believe the Vikings let a future star go.

    • Daniel Laxen

      Hasn’t anyone investigated why he was even on the roster? He wasn’t even the starter on his college teams for Christ’s sake! When he did play, in college, he was terrible. He sat behind 2 players that most Viking fans realize aren’t franchise type QBs. Really John Skelton? You watched him play, how good do you have to be to be a 3rd string QB these days? The answer? Obviously not very good! That will tell you why, more than anything else, the Vikings are doing what they are doing…