Wide receiver and number ten draft pick Michael Crabtree ran for the first time on Sunday since having surgery on his right foot for a stress fracture. This good news as Crabtree prepares himself for the start of training camp in late July. He is expected to gradually increase his running and will hopefully be able to run routes and cut before the start of training camp. Crabtree still remains unsigned as of June 9.
Joe Staley Given Extension
Offensive left tackle Joe Staley was given a six-year extension last Thursday. This was a great a move by the 49ers not only because of the obvious potential in him becoming a consistent Pro Bowler at left tackle but also because Staley did not ask nor has he been seeking an extension. The 49ers knew from the day they drafted Staley in the first round in 2007 what a special player he would become. By rewarding a player on the team who has done everything asked of him and showed leadership and set an example on the team, the front office sent a message to the rest of the young starters on the team who might be up for contract soon, play hard, work hard and you will be rewarded whether you ask for it or not. My recommendation for general manager Scot McCloughan next player to receive an extension is Patrick Willis who, like Staley, was taken in the first round in 2007.
“They came to me and I wasn’t even expecting anything,” Staley said. “I was thinking maybe if I played a solid year next year, they’d come to me, but they’ve obviously shown that they believe in me enough to get this deal done.”