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Report: Browns want David Carr

New Cleveland Browns boss Mike Holmgren wants to bring in a new quarterback, and now a new name can be added to the mix: David Carr.

Carr spent last night and this morning in San Francisco visiting with the 49ers, but Matt Maiocco of the Press Democrat reports that the 49ers aren’t his only suitors. It’s previously been reported that the Giants would like to keep Carr as Eli Manning’s backup and that the Cardinals would like to sign Carr as Matt Leinart’s backup, but Maiocco reports that the Browns are also a legitimate option for Carr.

If Carr’s goal is to start, the Browns probably give him a better chance than the 49ers (where coach Mike Singletary has said he expects Alex Smith to start) or Cardinals (where coach Ken Whisenhunt has said he expects Matt Leinart to start). And Carr certainly won’t start for the Giants as long as Eli Manning is healthy.

But Holmgren and Browns coach Eric Mangini seem to be willing to consider just about anyone as the starter in Cleveland. Holmgren is looking at trades involving multiple quarterbacks, and he’s interested in acquiring Seneca Wallace. And now he’s apparently interested in Carr.

As for the quarterbacks Holmgren inherited, Derek Anderson is likely gone before March 19, when he’s owed a $2 million roster bonus, and it doesn’t look good for Brady Quinn. The Browns want to make changes at quarterback, we just don’t yet know what all those changes will be.