Posted: 8:58 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2013
By David Fucillo
The 49ers search for a backup quarterback has officially taken an intriguing turn. On March 14, West Virginia conducted their Pro Day and the 49ers were one of 29 teams in attendance. Although the day featured West Virginia's draft eligible prospects, a former Mountaineer had an opportunity to work out that day as well. Former Mountaineer and Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White took part in the workout, and apparently caught the 49ers eye.
White told USA Today Sports that 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh got in touch with him about potentially putting together a workout for the 49ers staff:
"Coach and I had a conversation about me coming in to work out,'' White told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday. "We haven't set up a formal date. I'm just going to make sure I keep working hard for when that day comes.
"I pay attention to how his players react to Coach Harbaugh. They all want to win for him. And he seems to treat them how they want to be treated. I'm excited to get to know him on that level -- if I do get that opportunity. I'm very optimistic about making it back to the NFL.''
The Dolphins originally drafted White in hopes of developing him in some sort of QB running capacity. It did not work out as White was released after one season with the team. White played in the UFL briefly, but was released from there as well.
The 49ers QB depth chart currently consists of Colin Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien. Although Tolzien is not a statue in the backfield, it is unlikely that he could effectively run some of the scrambling elements of the 49ers offense. The 49ers might be fine with that, but they are likely looking for QB options that could replicate what Colin Kaepernick can do, even if just a little.
White would be a long-shot to earn that No. 2 spot, but given that he could be had for a minimum salary and no guarantees, signing White would not be the worst idea in the world.