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Six years after snub, Raiders land Crabtree

Michael Crabtree, who spent six seasons with the 49ers, reportedly will sign a free-agent deal with the Raiders
Michael Crabtree, who spent six seasons with the 49ers, reportedly will sign a free-agent deal with the Raiders The Bee

The Raiders are doing a do-over on Michael Crabtree.

The team that bypassed him with their first pick in the 2009 draft, which allowed him to fall to the 49ers, signed the wide receiver to a one-year deal on Monday. Crabtree, 27, is the last prominent 49ers free agent to find a new home, and his signing likely will bring San Francisco another compensatory pick for the 2016 draft. Various reports said the deal was worth approximately $3 million with incentives possibly taking it to $5 million.

The Texas Tech product was considered the top wide receiver in the 2009 draft. However, the Raiders surprisingly selected speedster Darrius Heyward Bey with the seventh overall pick that year, which pushed Crabtree to 10th overall with the 49ers. Crabtree stubbornly insisted he should be paid like a higher selection and a 71-day contract impasse ensued.

Crabtree's best season came in 2012 when, as San Francisco'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 dealt with while with San Francisco -- the following offseason and hasn't had nearly the production since.

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.

Crabtree visited the Dolphins and Raiders in free agency and also reportedly drew interest from the Ravens.

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