From Red Raider to Raider?
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who has received little attention on the free-agent market but who is one of the most talented players still available, reportedly will visit the Raiders next week, according to Yahoo Sports. Crabtree's only other known visit was with the Dolphins, but that was 16 days ago.
The former Texas Tech product was considered the top wide receiver in the 2009 draft. However, the Raiders surprisingly selected Darrius Heyward with the seventh overall pick that year, which pushed Crabtre to 10th overall with the 49ers. Crabtree stubbornly insisted he should be paid like a higher selection and a 70-day contract impasse ensued.
Crabtree's best season came in 2012 when, as the team's No. 1 receiver, he caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns. He tore his Achilles' tendon -- one of three lower-leg injuries he's suffered in San Francisco -- the following offseason and hasn't had nearly the production since.
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He appeared in all 16 games in 2014, finishing with 68 catches, 698 yards and four touchdowns. He caught nine passes for 56 yards in a Dec. 9 loss to the Raiders. His 10.3-yard average overall in 2014 was the lowest of his career.
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