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March 7, 2010
Carr, 49ers agree to a deal; Hill weighing options

Quarterback David Carr and the 49ers have agreed to terms on a contract, according to a source close to the situation. Carr flew home to Bakersfield after meeting with the 49ers on Friday and Saturday. Carr is expected to sign the two-year deal tomorrow. Carr made $1 million and $2.1 million the last two years playing backup to Eli Manning in New York. The terms of his new deal are thus far unknown.

Carr, the former No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft, is expected to put some pressure on Alex Smith for the No. 1 job. Carr could have returned to the Giants but wanted to join a team that had some vulnerability at quarterback. The truly vulnerable 49er could be Shaun Hill, who at this point is the No. 2 quarterback. The starter to begin the 2009 season, Hill got off to a 3-1 start but was pulled at halftime of a lopsided Week 7 game in Houston. Smith started the second half and Hill never took another snap. Hill, who was 10-6 as the 49ers starter, is due to make $1.5 million this season.

Hill appears to have two options: He can compete with Carr, the first player the 49ers pursued in free agency. Or he can asked to be released so that he can find another job while there are still jobs to be had. The Giants, for instance, are reportedly bringing former Colts backup Jim Sorgi in for an interview tomorrow. I contacted Hill after news of the Carr deal broke. He is currently considering his options.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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