TE Davis puts in good word for McNabb

The 49ers hit the airwaves on Tuesday, with GM Trent Baalke saying the team will look to acquire a quarterback via the draft or a deal. So what about Donovan McNabb? Vernon Davis says the 'Skins QB might be a good fit.

COACHING UPDATE: According to the web site BruinReportOnline.com, 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson has agreed to become UCLA's offensive coordinator. Johnson was the 49ers' quarterbacks coach but was elevated to OC when Jimmy Raye was fired by then-coach Mike Singletary on Sept. 27.

If you were sitting in front of your laptop or your TV set Tuesday, you learned a couple of interesting things about the San Francisco 49ers.

One, their quarterback of the future isn't currently on the roster (sorry, David Carr). And two, Vernon Davis' secret fantasy is to catch passes from Donovan McNabb next season.

General manager Trent Baalke, in his second week on the job, made an appearance on the Internet broadcast of "ProFootballTalk Live" and said, "Is the quarterback of the future on this roster? I think it's obvious that he isn't at this point."

The fact of the matter is that the 49ers have only one quarterback on their roster: Carr, who started the season as Alex Smith's backup but slid to No. 3 after Troy Smith started five consecutive games following a shoulder injury to Alex Smith. The contracts of both Smiths have expired, and practice squad QB Nate Davis was expected to sign a contract with the Seattle Seahawks this week. That leaves Carr and a whole lot of nothing behind him.

Assuming the 49ers plan to draft a quarterback in April, they'll need to get over the hump by acquiring a veteran, which Baalke suggested as an option. Of course, if the owners lock out the players, it will prevent teams from making trades or signing free agents until there's a resolution and a new collective bargaining agreement.

In the meantime, Davis, the Niners tight end and team captain, made it clear he wouldn't mind if the team tried to make a deal for McNabb, who spent most of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles but flopped this season with the Washington Redskins.

Appearing on the "T.Ocho Show" on Versus, Davis told Terrell Owens, "I'd love to catch some passes from Donovan McNabb. I saw some of the things he did with you when you were playing with him (in Philadelphia), and he did a great job getting you the ball. That would be tremendous."

Davis obviously missed all those sideline blowups that T.O. directed at McNabb, but his point is well taken. McNabb is a product of the West Coast offense, which new coach Jim Harbaugh intends to employ next season, and his veteran leadership might serve the 49ers well as they develop his successor.


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