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49ers Sign Crabtree

According to FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer, San Francisco's long nightmare is over. First-round draft pick Michael Crabtree has finally agreed to terms with the 49ers on a six-year deal. While Glazer broke the news, we must credit Deion Sanders with the solid hints last Sunday night.

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45 comments, Last at 08 Oct 2009, 7:23pm

1 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Sergio // Oct 07, 2009 - 8:49am

About time.

So, projections? Can the SF offense get a jumpstart from him (when he's up to speed, of course)?

-- Go Phins!

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6 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Mr Shush // Oct 07, 2009 - 9:37am

I liked Crabtree very much as a prospect, and I think if he'd signed on time and been in camp, he could have been a big asset for the 49ers this season. But he didn't, and he wasn't, and while he may still ultimately turn out to be a very good player, I think there is almost no chance that he will have a major impact in 2009. He doesn't know the playbook, he has never played or practiced with his quarterback, he has never faced an NFL defense and he is probably not in optimum physical condition. In fantasy terms, I would not even think about picking him up for another month or so, and probably not then.

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28 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by C // Oct 07, 2009 - 1:38pm

I agree.

and in fantasy football terms, I wouldn't even think about picking him up either for a month, but in all reality some gambler probably already has. The same guy that drafted Michael Vick, unproven rookies, guys trying to bounce back from injury just dropped somebody for Crabtree.

Tory Holt always tells rookie WR's to just sign. Don't worry about getting the very best possible deal. Sign as early as possible, get in camp, get in shape, learn your QB, learn your system, become a good player and the money will take care of itself. By missing so much of the season, YOU are really the one losing out longer term.

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30 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Brendan Scolari // Oct 07, 2009 - 1:51pm

Agreed completely. Crabtree wouldn't be worth a pickup for at least a month in fantasy, but in every league there'll be someone who picks him up immediately.

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40 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Guy #1 // Oct 07, 2009 - 11:09pm

As somebody who always goes for the low risk/high reward niche, I'll tell you it's a perfectly legitimate strategy that has brought me success when I've done it wisely. Dropping Leon Washington for Crabtree wouldn't hurt my team one bit

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2 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by BywaterBrat // Oct 07, 2009 - 9:12am

I think this could be huge, considering dropping my 4th RB to pick him up in FF...he's got IB there to get him up to speed quickly

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7 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by MilkmanDanimal // Oct 07, 2009 - 9:44am

Because nothing says "fantasy football success" like "rookie WR". Particularly one who missed all of camp and the first four games of the season.

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3 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by BywaterBrat // Oct 07, 2009 - 9:13am

I think this could be huge, considering dropping my 4th RB to pick him up in FF...he's got IB there to get him up to speed quickly

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4 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Anonymous Coward // Oct 07, 2009 - 9:15am

Rumor is the the impasse in negotiations was broken by none other than MC Hammer

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9 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by The Guy You Don't Want to Hear // Oct 07, 2009 - 9:51am

I can't touch that.

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10 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by The Guy You Don't Want to Hear // Oct 07, 2009 - 9:52am

I have immediately felt shame for actually posting that . . .

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12 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by jack // Oct 07, 2009 - 10:36am

What the hell could MC Hammer have done? I'll tell you, he must have prayed, PRAYED, prayed, PRAYED, he must have prayed for Mike to sign today.

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13 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by BroncosGuy // Oct 07, 2009 - 11:05am

Keep 'em coming. You guys are too legit to quit.

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20 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Bobman // Oct 07, 2009 - 12:39pm

No need to feel shame--that was awesome.
$5 if you work a Vanilla Ice joke into your next comment.

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32 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by the K // Oct 07, 2009 - 2:17pm

If there was a problem, yo he solved it.

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38 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by The Guy You Don't Want to Hear // Oct 07, 2009 - 5:16pm

Man, way to put me under pressure.

Does that count?

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43 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Anon // Oct 08, 2009 - 2:46am

Here's an old one:

Q: What do Bo Jackson and Vanilla Ice have in common?

A: Artificial hip

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5 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Thok // Oct 07, 2009 - 9:34am

Crabtree could help the Niners some.

He'd help them more if he could play RT.

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15 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Karl Cuba // Oct 07, 2009 - 11:18am

Zing!

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17 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by bravehoptoad // Oct 07, 2009 - 11:42am

Year after year, the 9ers have these meat-and-potatoes drafts. We take in the first round linebackers, guards, defensive tackles. The sexiest pick we've taken since Alex Smith bombed has been a LT.

Until this year. Couln't we have waited another year to get flashy? How many people here wish we had Oher at RT instead of this "difference maker?"

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19 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by MJK // Oct 07, 2009 - 12:07pm

Agree with your sentiment.

But disagree with your choice of abbreviation. "Niners" is short for "Fortyniners". OK, I get it, five characters fewer. But if "Niners" is still too many, people write "49ers"...it's only one character shorter, but you get the brevity without having to drop the "40". But shortening it to "9ers"? Is that really necessary?

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22 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Floyd // Oct 07, 2009 - 12:44pm

How about just SF then? Can't really go shorter than that. And it is on their helmets, at least until Jed moves the team to LA.

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23 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Brendan Scolari // Oct 07, 2009 - 1:31pm

Huh? They're building a stadium in Santa Clara.

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33 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by bravehoptoad // Oct 07, 2009 - 3:09pm

Maybe not necessary, but extremely common.

However, rejoice! The team's name means that everyone in the state knows when the California gold rush started.

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36 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by dbt // Oct 07, 2009 - 4:44pm

1848?

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45 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by bravehoptoad // Oct 08, 2009 - 7:23pm

Silly...48 is when gold was discovered. The rush didn't start until a year later. That's why they're not called the "48ers."

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42 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Spenczar! // Oct 08, 2009 - 2:00am

4 weeks into 1849?

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8 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Dice // Oct 07, 2009 - 9:46am

If you play in a keeper league, Crabtree could be worth picking up, esp if you get him cheap. If not, I'd probably pass.

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31 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Brendan Scolari // Oct 07, 2009 - 1:52pm

I'd imagine he's already on some teams roster in keeper leagues.

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11 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by andrew // Oct 07, 2009 - 10:24am

Money aside, I'll wager Crabtree thought the Niners would be a crappy team, especially without him.

Now that they are a good team without him, it makes playing for them seem more attractive.

I hope Singletery straightens him out.

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14 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Karl Cuba // Oct 07, 2009 - 11:18am

meh

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16 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Penelope Pittstop // Oct 07, 2009 - 11:26am

what's the over/under for when he tweaks a hammy?

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18 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by jimbohead // Oct 07, 2009 - 12:05pm

See, I remember the Cards run blitzing 6-7 every play that first game, thinking to myself: "how awesome would it be to someone who could do something on a bubble screen? I wish we had drafted someone like that..."

Point is, he doesn't have to know a lot to be effective. If he can catch on a fly route and make people miss on a screen, then maybe he can get rid of some of these 7 man run blitzes.

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26 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Brendan Scolari // Oct 07, 2009 - 1:35pm

You mean you don't like the 3 yard bubble screens to Isaac Bruce? ;-)

Crabtree should easily be the best YAC receiver on the Niners right now.

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21 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Temo // Oct 07, 2009 - 12:43pm

Happy that Crabtree got whatever he was looking for. Still think he'll be a solid NFL WR.

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25 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by MilkmanDanimal // Oct 07, 2009 - 1:34pm

I would guess he got enough humiliation and embarrassment that he finally sucked it up and signed the damn deal.

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29 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Temo // Oct 07, 2009 - 1:41pm

I don't think that's the case at all.

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24 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Brendan Scolari // Oct 07, 2009 - 1:33pm

Thank god. I don't think he;ll make too much of an impact this year (although he could move into the starting lineup later on this season) but he's still a great talent.

I agree with bravehoptoad that Oher would be a lot bigger help right now but the thinking was that Crabtree will be a more valuable player eventually because he's more talented. Hopefully the Niners address OT with one of their two first round picks this year.

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27 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Tundrapaddy // Oct 07, 2009 - 1:36pm

Crabtree signed? Awesome!

Now the 49ers are GUARANTEED to be no better than they were without him!

I hope they actually reduced their initial offer (or extended the timeframe), seeing as how this year is going to be a prolonged training camp for him.

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34 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by JoeHova // Oct 07, 2009 - 3:45pm

But isn't that the case for the vast majority of rookie WRs, regardless of when they sign?

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35 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Temo // Oct 07, 2009 - 4:34pm

Looks like Crabtree didn't gain much from his hold out. He got a little extra guarenteed, but also got a 6th year tacked on. However, the 6th year is voidable.

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37 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Theseus // Oct 07, 2009 - 5:04pm

Since when is this a fantasy football site? Reading these comments, you'd think that's the only thing that matters.

It's still early, but it's looking likely that the 49ers are playoff-bound given the quality of the rest of their division, and adding a serious WR threat who has the whole season to get in shape and learn the offense can be nothing but good for their odds once they hit the playoffs, right? They rank 24th in Offensive DVOA, and if they slowly work Crabtree into the mix, they can maybe contend against teams that are currently performing really well.

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41 Re: BREAKING NEWS: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Sifter // Oct 08, 2009 - 12:57am

Yep I hate fantasy too. Particularly all the 'who should I start' rubbish. Geez it's YOUR team, YOU decide. ZOMG should I start Marion Barber or Edgerrin James this week!?!?!?!?!

Back to 'real' football...If I'm Singletary I keep Crabtree out for the next 4 games, simulating training camp by getting him into shape and learning his playbook. Only limited reps in practice. Then for the next 4 games if all goes well get him into the games for plays that he knows well and that he will be comfortable with. Then the final 4 games of the year hopefully he's close to being completely ready to go and he might even be able to start.

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39 Re: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by Theo // Oct 07, 2009 - 7:34pm

Fantasy?
I dropped him like a brick and no one has picked him up.
All my 3 RBs on my roster are better worth traded than dropped for Crabtree.

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44 Re: 49ers Sign Crabtree

by B-Rick // Oct 08, 2009 - 9:41am

Crabtree was a spread offense system WR in college. Those guys always appear better than they are, Ashley Lelie is a recent example. Unless you think SIngletary is going to start throwing it 60 times per game like Texas Tech, I'd 'pass' on him.

WORD TO YOUR MUTHA!

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