49ers tinkering with idea of Pat White as a backup QB

Pat White is looking for a shot to get back into the NFL and he might have found one.

The San Francisco 49ers will bring White in for a visit after he had a private workout earlier this month and then performed again last week at the West Virginia pro day. A second-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2009, White got a call from Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh, according to Jim Corbett of USA Today.

Coach and I had a conversation about me coming in to work out,'' White told Corbett. "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.''

White’s career didn’t pan out with the Dolphins and he has dabbled with baseball. But he’s spent time recently training with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. in California, and Harbaugh is intrigued to take a look at White and consider him as a possible backup for Colin Kaepernick now that Alex Smith has moved on.

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