When the 49ers selected Michael Crabtree with the 10th pick in the 2009 draft, they envisioned the Texas Tech product being their number one receiver for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately for both parties, the marriage didn’t always work out as planned.
Overall, Crabtree’s career in red and gold was a disappointment. In his six seasons with the the 49ers, Crabtree only eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark once (2012) and scored 26 touchdowns in 79 games.
For his career, Crabtree averages 4.4 receptions and 54.8 yards per game. If you take those totals over a 16 game season, it would equate to about 70 catches and 877 yards. In today’s pass happy NFL, those numbers are a little above average at best.
Crabtree has also had issues with injuries, only playing in all 16 games in three seasons.
Based on what San Francisco has already seen of Crabtree, it would be difficult to imagine them breaking the bank to bring him back. They already have Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson under contract at hefty sums for next year, and also have youngsters Bruce Ellington and Quinton Patton vying for playing time.
There’s also a strong possibility that the 49ers will eye a receiver early in this years draft, and could even move up to make a play for someone like Amari Cooper or Kevin White. If not, there were still be quality at the position when they pick at 15, and will have a shot at many other talented wide outs including Devante Parker.
If Crabtree is willing to come back on a team friendly deal, it’s possible the two sides could work something out. If not, all signs point to Crabtree playing elsewhere in 2015.
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