“We’re constantly working with our guys that are becoming free agents to see what it’s going to take to extend them,” Baalke said. “Michael’s no different. He’s a darn good football player. A guy that we drafted. And as everyone in this room knows, we are always going to try to keep our own guys rather than go out in free agency and pay guys that haven’t invested themselves in this place like these guys have.” – SF Gate
The team has already been working on a deal with Colin Kaepernick. The talks with Crabtree have not been as involved as Kaeprnick’s, but the two sides are speaking on the subject and they may have a ballpark figure set on how much it would cost to keep Crabtree in a 49ers uniform. Crabtree will become a free agent at the end of the season and the team wants to lock him in before he can speak with other teams.
Crabtree is a big part of the team’s offense, but the team needs him healthy and on the field. He was only able to play in 5 games during the regular season last year. He was able to contribute in the playoffs though. His presence on the field will be huge for Kaepernick and the offense. He would be a nice player for the team to keep around for a few more seasons.