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Giants backup quarterback Carr visits 49ers

Free-agent quarterback David Carr, who spent the past two seasons backing up Eli Manning on the Giants, visited with the 49ers Saturday but left without signing a contract. Carr reportedly still is negotiating with the 49ers and has returned to his home in Bakersfield, Calif.

Carr also has offers for visits with the Browns and the Cardinals if negotiations with the 49ers fall through.

The Giants maintain an interest in re-signing Carr, but he would rather sign with a team with which he could compete for playing time.

Robbins a Ram?

Another Giants free agent appears to be on the verge of signing with another team. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that defensive tackle Fred Robbins is close to signing with the Rams. That would reunite him with former Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, the Rams' head coach.

Palmer courts T.O.

In a text to the Bengals' official Web site, quarterback Carson Palmer seemed to be lobbying for the team to sign free- agent receiver Terrell Owens.

"I'd love to," he texted to Bengals.com about the possibility of throwing passes to Owens. "His past doesn't bother me at all. If any qb can deal with extravagant wrs, it's me."

Palmer, of course, is teammates with Chad Ochocinco, who also has been pushing for the addition to the Bengals' roster.

In other news . . .

The Seahawks met with restricted free agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall and are deciding whether to strike a trade with the Broncos for him. Marshall was tendered with a first-round pick, but it's unlikely the Seahawks will sign him to an offer sheet . . . Vikings coach Brad Childress told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he visited Brett Favre in Mississippi last week but told the quarterback there is no deadline for his decision on whether to retire or return to the team . . . The Giants waived DBs Aaron Rouse and Londen Fryar in the wake of the Antrel Rolle signing.

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