Quarterback Carr visiting 49ers
Free agent quarterback David Carr arrived in the Bay Area on
Friday to visit with the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers said Carr was in town and would meet with the club
Friday night and again Saturday.
While coach Mike Singletary has repeatedly said 2005 No. 1 pick
Alex Smith is his starter going forward, Singletary didn’t rule out
signing an experienced quarterback who could push Smith and
challenge for playing time. Carr, an eight-year NFL veteran, was
the top draft pick in 2002 out of Fresno State. He spent the past
two seasons as a backup to Eli Manning with the New York
“I feel very good about saying that Alex Smith is our starter
going into the next football season,” Singletary said during last
week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis. “The thing for me is I’m
always going to use words like probably, and all those other
things, because I like competition. I like guys knowing that
they’re always going to compete.”
The 30-year-old Carr was the Houston Texans’ starter from
If he joins the team, that likely would signal the end of backup
Shaun Hill’s tenure with the Niners. Hill is headed into the final
year of his contract.
Smith took over for Hill at halftime Oct. 25 at Houston and
started the rest of the way for San Francisco, which finished 8-8
and ended a franchise-worst stretch of six straight losing seasons.
The 49ers also drafted QB Nate Davis in the fifth round last year
out of Ball State.
Carr, who last started a game in 2007 for the Carolina Panthers,
has completed 1,346 passes for 14,366 yards and 65 touchdowns in