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

Giants.

“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

2002-06.

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

his career.