49ers FA Blog 3/6/10

Free agent quarterback David Carr, is visiting the 49ers in their Santa Clara, CA headquarters as we speak and the team is putting him through a physical. Sources say they are looking to sign him to a two-year deal with the understanding that he'll be the backup to Alex Smith in 2010.

Offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye's playbook calls for some mobility from the quarterback position, as well as a strong arm for the occasional play-action bomb, and Carr's skills are more suited for this kind of scheme than current backup QB Shaun Hill is. The team wants all of its quarterbacks to be of the same physical mold, so if one goes down they won't have to radically change the game plan on the fly to suit his game.

The Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, and Carr's former team, the New York Giants, have all expressed interest in him as well, but he's the 49ers' to lose.

Other FA notes...

OT Pashos Likely Ex-49er

The Washington Redskins, usually big-time movers-and-shakers this time of year, haven't made a single acquisition yet, and that has to be troublesome for the 49ers. The Redskins reportedly had free agent OT Chad Clifton over for a visit, but Clifton decided to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers.

It has been confirmed that 49ers free agent OT Tony Pashos is scheduled to visit Washington in the near future (as well as the Denver Broncos if that doesn't work out), and with Chris Foerster, Pashos' line coach at Baltimore and San Francisco, already on the Redskins staff and the team desperate to make a move, it's hard to envision Pashos leaving the Redskins offices without a contract.

No Offers Made For OT Sims

49ers free agent OT Barry Sims has reportedly had a couple of teams contact him, but as of yet hasn't received any offers. The 49ers have expressed lukewarm interest in bringing him back, but they're certainly not going to back up the Brinks truck for him and will probably wait until the initial wave of signings are over to even address the situation.

Sims did play very well last season, starting seven games in relief injured LT Joe Staley, and he's versatile enough to play on both sides of the line, but he's also 35-years old. If the team allows both he and Tony Pashos to leave, with the latter very likely to do so, then they won't have any experienced reserve tackles on the roster going into 2010. Of course, if they were to draft a tackle in the first round, like most people speculate they will, then current starting RT Adam Snyder becomes their top reserve, and he also has experience playing both sides.

WR Battle Scheduled To Visit Steelers

49ers free agent WR Arnaz Battle, who is more of a special teams performer than a wideout at this stage of his career, is scheduled to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers over the weekend. He was also reportedly had a trip lined up to Seattle, but the Seahawks have put that on hold as they're currently hosting Denver Broncos RFA WR Brandon Marshall. San Francisco with their young corps of receivers, has expressed little or no interest in retaining Battle, who is looking for a fresh start after not playing much in 2009.

Big Contracts For FAs Will Impact 49ers

So far the 49ers haven't opened up their coffers for any of the big name free agents out there, yet they're wincing as if they had. TE Vernon Davis, who had a breakout season in 2009, and FS Dashon Goldson, are both entering the walk year of their contracts, and have surely noticed how much money has been thrown at guys so far. Goldson even has the same agent, Drew Rosenhaus, as Antrel Rolle, who just became the highest-paid safety in the league thanks to his contract with the New York Giants.

Also, star LB Patrick Willis' deal is up in 2011, and who can guess how much he'll want after he saw the deals LB Karlos Dansby got with the Miami Dolphins and DE Julius Peppers got with the Bears? The only good news for San Francisco is that division rival Arizona is losing stars left and right, so they have to strike while the iron's hot in 2010, lest they suffer the same fate next off-season.

49ers fans, be sure to join me Thursday, March 11th, at 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. EST) for a chat on sfo.scout.com. We'll talk about free agency, the draft, or whatever else floats your boat. See you there.

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