Singletary would like to have Crabtree this yearCoach Mike Singletary said Monday that the San Francisco 49ers would still like to have first-round draft pick Michael Crabtree play for the team this season.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Coach Mike Singletary said Monday that the San Francisco 49ers would still like to have first-round draft pick Michael Crabtree play for the team this season.
Responding to a report that Crabtree and his agent were about to renew negotiations with the team, Singletary said he would not close the door on Crabtree, even though the wide receiver from Texas Tech has yet to practice with the 49ers because of a contract impasse.
Crabtree, the No. 10 overall selection, is the only pick from this year’s NFL draft to remain unsigned.
“Any guy that can play and help us win, I would never say, ‘No, we don’t need him,’ “ Singletary said. “We need all the good football players we can get.”
Crabtree is seeking money comparable to higher picks. He has turned down a reported five-year, $20 million offer from the team that includes $16 million in guaranteed money.