It's official. The 49ers just sent out a press release announcing that David Carr has signed and turned in his two-year deal and that the team has agreed to trade Shaun Hill to the Lions for an "undisclosed" 2011 draft pick. It's believed to be a seventh rounder. The trade is pending a physical in Detroit. News of the Hill trade was first reported here.
The release also includes quotes from both coach Mike Singletary and GM Scot McCloughan about the incoming and outgoing quarterbacks. "We are very happy to add David to our roster," McCloughan said of Carr. "We added a player at a position of need and of huge importance to us. David provides depth at the quarterback position and helps make us stronger. He's a great young man."
Hill relieved J.T. O'Sullivan as the 49ers' starter in 2008, and his play helped salvage the season and ostensibly win then-interim coach Singletary the permanent job. Here's what Singletary said of Hill:
"Shaun is the ultimate competitor. He gave everything he had to his teammates, coaches and fans. I admire how Shaun took advantage of his opportunities and got the most out of his abilities. I wish him nothing but the best as he starts a new chapter in Detroit."
McCloughan on Hill: "Shaun is a consummate pro. The 49ers organization is extremely grateful for his service and leadership over the past four seasons. We thank Shaun for his effort and wish him success in the future."
Carr will speak to the local media for the first time around noon today.
The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent cornerback Marcus Hudson to a one-year deal. The Charlotte Observer notes that Hudson, an N.C. State product, played his first two seasons in San Francisco under assistant special teams coach Jeff Rodgers, who is now the Panthers special teams coach. It seems that Hudson will have a role similar to the one he had with the 49ers.
The 49ers' current cornerbacks are Nate Clements, Shawntae Spencer, Tarell Brown and Keith Smith. Both Dre Bly and Walt Harris are unrestricted free agents, and while the the 49ers haven't closed the door on them, they aren't clamoring to re-sign them, either. With that in mind, I think there's a good chance the 49ers find a cornerback early in the draft. (If Joe Haden pulls a Michael Crabtree and drops in the draft ...)
Meanwhile, linebacker Akin Ayodele is expected to arrive in Santa Clara today. He will meet with team officials today and tomorrow. The 49ers are looking at Ayodele as a backup to Takeo Spikes, 33, at Ted linebacker.
-- Matt Barrows