Baalke: Remains to be seen if Crabtree a true No. 1

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Baalke: Remains to be seen if Crabtree a true No. 1

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INDIANAPOLIS -- General manager Trent Baalke does not need to study the film of the 49ers' season-ending loss in the NFC championship game to know his team needs to add wide receivers."We have only two guys under contract for next year, so it's an area we have to address," Baalke said on Thursday.
"Both Teddy (Ginn) and Josh (Morgan) are unrestricted free agents, so that leaves us with two guys who are under contract. So, yeah, it definitely is an area that needs to be addressed. . . . Obviously, when you have two under contract, it's a need position."RELATED: Maiocco -- 49ers free-agent options at wide receiver
The 49ers have a third receiver -- and, possibly, a fourth -- that Baalke did not originally identify. Rookie Joe Hastings is under contract for 2012, and the 49ers have yet to determine whether special-teamer Colin Jones will go to camp as a backup safety or wideout.The 49ers outside passing game was virtually non-existent in the 20-17 loss to the eventual Super Bowl-champion New York Giants. Michael Crabtree was held to one catch for 3 yards. And that was the only reception from a wide receiver.REWIND: Giants-49ers NFC Championship box score
Baalke admitted that he does not know whether Crabtree, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2009 draft, will become a true No. 1 receiver. But Baalke expressed satisfaction with Crabtree's progress in 2011."Michael works hard. He works hard at the game," Baalke said. "He did a nice job. He certainly had some growth."RELATED: Michael Crabtree 2011 game logs
Crabtree missed all of training camp after surgery to repair a left foot fracture which he sustained during an offseason workout at San Jose State. He sat out the second game of the season, and was finally able to practice every day for the final seven weeks of the season."(Crabtree) still wasn't able to practice every day and take every rep because of the foot," Baalke said. "Hopefully, this offseason he can get that thing rectified once and for all and he can start being an every-day performer for us."Baalke said Crabtree will not require any surgical procedure. He said it will be a matter of the team figuring out the best way to prevent a recurrence of the injury.Crabtree finished the regular season as the team's leading receiver with 70 catches for 874 yards and four touchdowns. But in two playoff games, Crabtree had just five receptions for 28 yards and one touchdown."I like the growth that he had in a new system; like the chemistry he and Alex (Smith) seem to develop through the course of the year," Baalke said. "Whether he can define himself as a true No. 1 in the National Football League or not remains to be seen. But (I'm) certainly happy with the progress he made."RELATED: Q&A with 49ers GM Trent Baalke from NFL combine
Baalke was asked whether he's curious how Kyle Williams will rebound from his two-turnover performance as a return man in the NFC title game:"Not curious at all. I've had great discussions with Kyle. My message to him will stay between us. He's a pro. He's been around it his whole life. His dad (Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams) is in professional sports as a GM. He knows how to handle himself. I was proud of the way he handled himself afterward and I have no doubt that Kyle will come back hungrier and even more prepared than he was a year ago." Baalke on whether Colin Jones, drafted as a safety, will be a receiver:"We're still trying to define his role in the offense or the defense.(Special teams coordinator) Brad Seely did an outstanding job of identifying some of the traits he was looking for in that special teams corps. He brings a couple things to the table. No. 1, he can run. He's a very savvy football player. He understands the game. And he's tough. When you have those qualities. You can run, you got some savvy about you and tough, he's got the makeup of a good (special) teams player."

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Michael Wilhoite has spent his whole five-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.

But now the free agent inside linebacker is reportedly switching sides in the NFC West rivalry. Wilhoite is set to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Terms of the deal are unknown at this time. 

Wilhoite, 30, played in all 16 games last season for the 49ers, starting in only six. In 2016 he recorded 55 tackles, 30 less than 2015 in four less games, and forced one fumble. 

After earning a promotion from the 49ers' practice squad in 2012, Wilhoite's career in the Bay Area comes to an end with 268 tackles and three interceptions in 65 games.