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March 11, 2010
Willis extended olive branch to Carr with phone call

The Twitter war has given way to a Twitter peace. According to new 49er David Carr's Twitter page (@DavidCarr8), Patrick Willis called him in the wake of Willis' controversial Twitter remarks last week. Willis' remarks were made Friday. The phone call came on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the call confirmed.

"Patrick called me almost as soon as he posted his thoughts," Carr writes on TwitLonger in a response to KNBR's Dan Dibley. "We had great talk, I admire his passion for his teamates, but I believe I can help this team. I'm sure Patrick is not the only player who will be thinkn "what's this guy got?", I told him that's why I left NY, to prove to myself and the rest of the NFL, I Can Play at a High Level, I can be the difference for a team, I believe in my heart I'm ready, Patrick and I have one thing in common, we will do ALL that is needed to bring another Championship to the 49ers."

When news of the 49ers' interest in Carr first arose, Willis questioned it, writing that he thought the team already had three quarterbacks better than Carr and that if the 49ers brought in a quarterback, it should be an impact player like Michael Vick. Willis has since struck a more welcoming tone. "I heard that carr signed ," he wrote on Sunday. "He is my teammate now. Which means I'm all in for the guy. Its all about the team. CongrÀts and welcome aboard."

Carr is currently in Mexico. He is expected to return for the 49ers' offseason program, which begins Monday. Interestingly, the 49ers' former No. 2 quarterback, Shaun Hill, also plans to attend. Hill would like to be released, but the 49ers will try to trade him first. Carr also writes that he's leaning toward wearing No. 5 this season. His long-time number, No. 8, was worn by Hall of Famer Steve Young and is retired.

-- 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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