In two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, quarterback Nate Davis won plenty of support among the team's fans, who hoped his strong throwing arm would earn him a chance to start one day. But he never won over coach Mike Singletary, and now Davis appears to be moving on.
Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area is reporting that Davis will sign a future contract with the Seattle Seahawks pending a physical. Scott McCloughan, the former 49ers general manager who drafted Davis in the fifth round in 2009, is now the Seahawks' senior personnel executive.
Davis, 23, spent the season on the Niners practice squad after he was cut before the start of the regular season. The move was made so the team could sign quarterback Troy Smith, who had been released by the Baltimore Ravens. In his rookie season, Davis was the team's third quarterback but did not play.
Singletary, who was fired Dec. 27, was critical of Davis in training camp, saying he failed to put in the necessary work during the offseason. He also criticized Davis after a preseason game for sliding short of a first down, saying he should have been aware of the first-down marker.
The 49ers did not sign Davis to a contract after the end of the season, freeing him to sign with another team. With new coach Jim Harbaugh announcing he would install the West Coast offense, it would have required Davis, who has a learning disability, to learn a new offense.
Davis spent most of the season playing tight end on the 49ers scout team. He said he planned to spend the offseason in Indianapolis, where he hoped to work with a trainer who also trains Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
HARBAUGH'S HUNT: Harbaugh has spent most of his first few days concentrating on his coaching staff. Vic Fangio, his defensive coordinator at Stanford, is expected to join Harbaugh, but other teams have expressed an interest in him, including the Dallas Cowboys.
Greg Manusky, who was the Niners defensive coordinator the past four seasons under Singletary and Mike Nolan, is likely to take a post with the San Diego Chargers as their coordinator. Ron Rivera, the Chargers coordinator, is expected to be named head coach of the Carolina Panthers.
Manusky interviewed for the Panthers head coaching job and has also spoken to the Cowboys about their defensive coordinator position.