McNabb to 49ers unlikely
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McNabb to 49ers unlikely
Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS -- You can check off the San Francisco 49ers as potential suitors for one of the Eagles' trio of quarterbacks -- maybe.
San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary pronounced Alex Smith as his starting quarterback for next season, with one caveat.
"I feel a great deal about saying Alex Smith is our starter going into the next football season," Singletary said during the first day of the NFL scouting combine. "The thing for me is I'm always going to use words like, 'probably' because I like competition. I like guys knowing that we're always going to compete. But I feel very comfortable in saying Alex Smith is our starting quarterback."
Singletary was most likely referring to his own stable of quarterbacks with Nate Davis and Shaun Davis in the mix with Smith when he spoke of competition.
The 49ers have been rumored to be one of the teams that has called the Eagles about a possible deal for Donovan McNabb. San Francisco general manager Scot McCloughan said the he hasn't spoken to the Eagles.
Of course, that doesn't mean he won't. McCloughan and Eagles coach Andy Reid worked in Green Bay together, after all.
"I'll talk to any team about anything -- trading picks, trading players," McCloughan said. "The thing you got to be careful with when you're talking about how to improve at quarterback in the NFL is how that affects you re-signing your own guys."
McNabb, by the way, received another affirmation that he was the Eagles' starting quarterback next season when Reid referenced the veteran being back for another season on Tuesday.
Buffalo, meanwhile, has been a popular choice as the likely landing spot for Michael Vick. New Bills coach Chan Gailey sidestepped any questions about upgrading his quarterback situation, though.
"Every team in the league that doesn't have an All-Pro or somebody that got votes for All-Pro is looking to improve their position," Gailey said.
Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick split duties under center for the 6-10 Bills last season.
Asked specifically if he needed to bring in another veteran quarterback, Gailey said, 'If that's the best way to improve [the team] then I'll do that."
The Eagles are approaching a March 5 deadline when it comes to Vick. They have an option for next season and may have to eat a $1.5 million bonus instead of releasing Vick if they want to trade him and get something in return.