49ers dump 'Bachelor' Palmer, claim QB Hamdan

Updated: August 29, 2006, 9:55 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

This time, "The Bachelor" got dumped.

Again.

The San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday evening released five-year veteran quarterback Jesse Palmer, replacing him on the roster with Gibran Hamdan, who was claimed on waivers from the Seattle Seahawks, who cut him only three days ago. It marked the third time in less than a year that Palmer, who starred in the ABC television series "The Bachelor" in 2004, was released.

Palmer, 27, was released last September by the New York Giants, with whom he spent the first four years of his career. He signed with San Francisco late in the 2005 campaign, when the team's quarterback depth chart was thinned by injuries, but was released after only three weeks. The 49ers then re-signed Palmer in the offseason.

Originally a fourth-round choice of the Giants in the 2001 draft, Palmer has appeared in only eight games in his career, with three starts. The former University of Florida standout has completed 63 of 120 passes for 562 yards, with three touchdown passes and four interceptions. Most of his playing time came in 2003, when he started three games and appeared as a backup in three others.

Palmer hasn't thrown a regular-season pass since the '03 season.

Hamdan might have a chance to compete for the No. 3 slot on the depth chart behind starter Alex Smith and top backup Trent Dilfer, but with wholesale roster cuts coming on Saturday, he doesn't have much time to impress the San Francisco staff.

"He's a young guy that has a real strong arm," said coach Mike Nolan, who has indicated that he might keep only two quarterbacks on the active roster. "He is more of a pocket passer than anything. We wanted to bring him in to get a look this week."

A seventh-round pick by the Washington Redskins in 2003, Hamdan spent his rookie year on their roster and was with Seattle in training camp in 2005 and 2006. He also played three seasons in the NFL Europe League and was the leading passer there this spring before an injury prematurely ended his season.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here Insider.