The 49ers made QB David Carr available to the media Monday when they officially announced what we first heard last week — the former No. 1 overall pick had agreed to a two-year contract.
Now that the 49ers have two former top picks on board (Carr in 2002, Alex Smith in 2005), it was only a matter of time until “quarterback competition” crept into the conversation. That happened Monday, as reporters asked Carr why he chose San Francisco over other opportunities.
Carr said playing time was one of the first subjects he broached with coach Mike Singletary, and he liked what he heard.
“For me, I got the right answer from him,” Carr told reporters. “‘You go out there and compete and yes we are going to pay attention to what you do.’ That was good. That’s all I needed to hear. Now it’s just all hard work.”
Yes, Singletary has named Smith the starter. But he welcomes competition, and that swayed Carr, even though he said the words “quarterback competition” weren’t specifically used.
“One of Singletary’s things is, ‘Iron sharpens iron,’” Carr said. “The thing that I wanted to hear, from all those guys, was I’ll have a chance to be on the field if I play the way I know I can play and they said yes. Once I get on the field, I feel confident that we are going to play well.”