49ers sign free agent quarterback Troy Smith

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 2: Troy Smith #10 of the Baltimore Ravens passes against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome on September 2 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Rams beat the Ravens 27-21. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

It's officical, (according to Barrows on Twitter) the team has signed free agent quarterback Troy Smith to a one year deal. Financial terms are not available at the moment, but I like the signing at face value. Smith is similar to Davis in a lot of ways, but I'd argue that he's better at them.

If you're a little late to the party, the 49ers released third string quarterback Nate Davis just a short while ago. Davis was told of the move this morning and it was formally done around an hour prior to me writing this, and the signing of Smith.

The question now is whether or not Troy Smith can pass up David Carr on the depth chart. To me, Smith is someone who inspires more confidence than David Carr does, but he'll have to learn the offense. This, of course, should eliminate any possibility of Nate Davis landing on the practice squad. I suppose it's still possible if the team releases Jarrett Brown, but that's up in the air.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you like the signing, or did you think the 49ers were better off with Nate Davis? Does Troy Smith have any ceiling left in him to make it a good signing, or is that not even necessary at this point? Like I said, I like it, and as someone who liked Nate Davis to a certain degree, I'm glad to see the move being made. It's definitely an upgrade at this point.

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