Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Crabtree, 49ers meet
ESPN.com news services
Michael Crabtree and his agent, Eugene Parker, met with San Francisco 49ers front-office personnel for an hour Tuesday in the Bay Area.
Team spokesman Bob Lange confirmed the Tuesday meeting to The Associated Press but said the 49ers would not get into particulars of discussions or negotiations.
"The 49ers were pleased to meet with Michael and Eugene in person," Lange said.
Crabtree and Parker met with VP of football operations Paraag Marathe, owner Jed York and GM Scot McCloughan.
Indications are that Crabtree wants to play football for the 49ers this season, but there was no word on what kind of progress, if any, was made on a possible contract. Parker and Marathe continued to negotiate on Tuesday night, sources familiar with the negotiations told ESPN's Michael Smith.
The two sides had gone almost three weeks without talking.
The 49ers must sign Crabtree by Nov. 17 for him to remain eligible to play this season. The team would have a seven-week window before the 2010 draft to trade Crabtree if he doesn't sign. If Crabtree is not traded, he would go back into the draft next April.
San Francisco's early season success could be enticing.
The 22-year-old Crabtree hasn't accepted the 49ers' long-standing offer for approximately five years and $20 million with a reported $16 million guaranteed -- instead seeking money comparable to the higher picks.
Coach Mike Singletary acknowledged last month that the 49ers discussed changing their offer to Crabtree.
And York said in mid-September the team hoped for a face-to-face meeting with Crabtree but hadn't heard back from Parker. So, this marked the first session with all the major parties involved at the table.
They met at an undisclosed spot in the Bay Area away from the team's Santa Clara headquarters.
The 49ers selected Crabtree with the 10th pick in this year's draft and could use the wideout's game-breaking ability in the passing game. That said, he has a lot of catching up to do to learn the offense after missing all of training camp.
He also sat out the 49ers' offseason minicamps and organized team activities while recovering from a foot injury, but was a regular presence for rehabilitation and strengthening workouts at the Niners' training facility.
Singletary, whose team leads the NFC West and at 3-1 is off to its best start since 2002, said Monday he would welcome Crabtree whenever he shows up to join the team.
Crabtree caught 97 passes for 1,165 yards and 19 touchdowns last year during his sophomore season at Texas Tech. He finished his college career with 231 receptions for 3,127 yards and 41 TDs.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN's Michael Smith was used in this report.