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QB White to work out for 49ers

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Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White told USA Today on Sunday that he will work out for the San Francisco 49ers at some point.

San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh called White after his workout on March 14 after the University of West Virginia's Pro Day.

The 49ers are interested in White as a possible third quarterback in their read-option offense. No date has been set for White's visit.

"Coach and I had a conversation about me coming in to work out," White said. "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, a second-round pick of the Dolphins in the 2009 draft, was released by Miami before the start of the 2010 season.

Harbaugh said at the owner's meetings last week that wants more competition for starter Colin Kaepernick.

"We want competition at every position, and the quarterback position is no sacred cow position," Harbaugh said. "It won't be just about Colin. There's a difference knowing that he's the starter and who will get those first-team reps. So now we need to put a little heat on him: Let's go compete with him, make him better.

"That's the way it works. You use all the avenues that you have, free agency and the draft."

White, who starred at West Virginia, briefly played minor league baseball and tried out for the UFL's Virginia Destroyers in 2011, but got cut before the season began.
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