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Report: 49ers Sign Michael Crabtree

Oct 7, 2009 – 6:47 AM
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Michael David Smith

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The San Francisco 49ers reportedly signed their first-round draft pick Michael Crabtree Wednesday morning, bringing to an end a long contract negotiation that saw Crabtree sit out all of training camp, the preseason and the first four games of the regular season.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports is reporting that the team and Crabtree have agreed to a six-year contract that can void to five years if Crabtree, a wide receiver out of Texas Tech, meets certain performance incentives.

But the big question, which has not yet been answered, is which side caved in on the financial terms. Crabtree believed he deserved as much money as the $23.5 million guaranteed that No. 7 overall pick Darrius Heyward-Bey got from the Raiders. The 49ers had offered Crabtree a guarantee of about $16 million.

The negotiations between Crabtree and the 49ers had been so difficult that there was talk that Crabtree could sit out the entire 2009 season and re-enter the NFL draft in 2010. But now Crabtree is signed, and he could be on the field for the 49ers as soon as Sunday's game against the Falcons

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