The Niners today lost out on QB Kurt Warner, as he went back to the Cardinals, but they did get back linebacker Takeo Spikes, and also signed former Chiefs QB Damon Huard.
Spikes gets a two-year deal that is worth $6 million to come back for a second season with the Niners. He joined the team in the preseason last year. The 11-year pro had a solid first year, putting up 96 tackles and making three interceptions. “Everybody can see that we’re right on the edge of something special,” Spikes said recently. “I definitely want to be a part of it.”
Huard is a 12-year pro, and has played the past few seasons in KC, going back and forth between a starter and backup. He started 13 games over the past two seasons, but never firmly claimed the Chiefs’ starting job during five seasons with the club. Kansas City released Huard last month. The 35-year-old’s signing guarantees the 49ers will have at least two quarterbacks in uniform when they begin their first full team workouts in two weeks.
Shaun Hill, who led San Francisco to five wins in its final seven games, will be back to compete again for the starting job. Singletary hasn’t backed Hill as his starter for next season despite Hill’s 7-3 record as a starter over the past two years, with the coach saying the 49ers needed to explore several additional options at the position—including Warner.
The team is also still talking to Alex Smith, but he will have to restructure his contract to reduce his $9 million base salary for next season before the club will allow him on the practice field.
San Fran also spoke to defensive lineman Demetric Evans yesterday, but he went back to Washington without signing a deal while he considers an offer to return to the Redskins.