Niner news and notes

Newly signed free-agent quarterback David Carr said he would not have signed with the 49ers if not for the possibility of becoming a starter saying that he would have stayed with the New York Giants as a back up to Eli Manning if that was the case.  Head Coach Mike Singletary has said Alex Smith is the starter under center however he has also said he likes competition.  The only thing I like about the signing of Carr is that it will push Smith to play at his highest level, something he would not have received from Shaun Hill or Nate Davis.  Carr would have to have a training camp of a lifetime, probably the best ever, to even be considered the starter because I see no point in bringing back both offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and Smith if you didn’t think either can get the job done.  Bringing back Raye gives Smith consistency at coordinator which in turn gives Smith his best and final chance at proving himself.  Starting over now from scratch at quarterback is not wise at this point because of the progress Smith made last season when given the opportunity to start.  The time to start from scratch will be after this upcoming season if Smith proves that he cannot be a reliable starter in the NFL but we won’t know that if Carr is the starter.

Shaun Hill traded

With the signing of Carr it was all but apparent that the odd-man out between Smith, Hill, Carr and Davis was Hill.  That was made official on Monday when the 49ers traded Hill to the Lions for a seventh-round draft pick.  Hill will get the chance to back up another number draft pick in Lions QB Matthew Stafford.  Hill for the most part did well when he started for the Niners with a 10-6 record.  It was obvious Hill could manage a game well but to expect him to carry the team to a win from a deficit he could not handle because he had no deep-arm and no scrambling abilities.  We can be thankful to Hill for two reasons:  One is for him going 5-3 down the stretch in 2008 which helped then interim head coach Singletary secure his job as the 49ers new head coach. The other is his closeness to Alex Smith, Hill was a best man at Smith’s wedding, which helped Smith develop more as a quarterback and opened up a second chance at being the starting QB.

Patrick Willis has knee surgery

Linebacker Patrick Willis had surgery to remove a bursa sac in his knee.  This was the reason why Willis sat out the Pro-Bowl because of the fluid but he is expected to fully recover in time for training camp.  Keep your fingers crossed Niner Faithful any knee surgery is serious but especially for a linebacker that has the speed and superb tackling that Willis has.  Even if you fully recover knee surgeries slow down linebackers and their abilities.  See Chargers LB Shawne Merriman.

Niners sign free-agent cornerback Karl Paymah

The Niners added some depth to their secondary by signing Karl Paymah to a one-year deal who was with the Vikings last year. The Niners lost CB Marcus Hudson to the Panthers and CB Dre’ Bly is still unsigned.  Paymah has been mostly a back up since he was drafted in 2005 by the Broncos.

Paymah by the numbers:

Drafted by the Broncos in the third-round with the 76th pick.

Played in 72 games as a cornerback and on special teams.

Seven career starts at cornerback

Listed as 6-ft. 195 pounds.

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