Unsigned rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree has inked a deal with the 49ers ending his holdout four weeks into the regular season. The deal was announced early Wednesday morning and is a six-year deal. No information was given on the amount of money the contract is worth or how much is guaranteed. When I heard Crabtree and his agent Eugene Parker flew to San Francisco yesterday to continue contract negotiations after not talking for three weeks I had a good feeling that a deal was going to get done. I don’t know what changed Crabtree’s mind whether it was the 49ers 3-1 start, the filing of tampering charges against the Jets (who traded for Browns WR Braylon Edwards) or if Crabtree finally surrounded himself with sensible people who gave him some good advice. Either way the 49ers have a number one wide receiver filling a gaping hole on offense. While we may not see a lot of action from Crabtree this weekend against the Falcons expect him to be part of the game plan in week 7 against the Texans. Crabtree will have a learning curve not only because he is a rookie but he has a whole offensive playbook to learn and has to become familiar with QB Shaun Hill. The 49ers have a bye after this week so Crabtree could contribute sooner than expected. Just having him on the field will open up the passing game which in turn will spread the defense out and allow the 49ers to continue their run first offensive strategy. The 49ers only headache this year has been alleviated and the team will take this momentum and add it to their 3-1 start. MCT, welcome to the 49ers.
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