SAN FRANCISCO - The 49ers saw little movement in the competition for the starting quarterback job Friday night, and there wasnt much going on in their efforts to sign Michael Crabtree, either.
Shaun Hill started, and played one series. Alex Smith came in and got four shots to see what he could do. Neither created any separation from the other in the 49ers 17-16 victory over the Denver Broncos in the exhibition opener for both teams.
Meanwhile, 49ers team president Jed York expressed confidence the franchise will be able to sign Crabtree, chosen with the No. 10 overall pick. He said there have been no new developments, and he did not offer a timetable.
Well get it done, 49ers president Jed York said. I dont know when, but well get it done.
However, the sides remain far apart. The 49ers are offering a contract commensurate with the 10th pick in the draft, while Crabtrees side is looking for a contract along the lines of the five-year, $38 million contract the Raiders awarded seventh-pick Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Crabtree will either play for the 49ers in 2009 or he will not play at all. York said the deadline passed Friday in which clubs are allowed to trade the rights to unsigned rookies.
Were all in, York said.
But the 49ers do not know, yet, whom will be in at quarterback when the regular season begins Sept. 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Hill completed both of his pass attempts to Vernon Davis for 41 yards. Davis figures to be a bigger part of the 49ers offense this season with new coordinator Jimmy Raye expected to feature the tight end.
Vernons had a great camp, and he continued to come out tonight and do a good job, Hill said.
Smith connected on 5 of 7 passes for 33 yards and a 3-yard touchdown pass to neophyte fullback Brit Miller.
One of Smiths misfires was an uncatchable throw to rookie running back Glen Coffee that could have gone for big yardage late in the first half. Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who was fired as head coach of the 49ers last season, dialed up a six-man blitz but Smith threw low to Coffee.