SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are showing their willingness to consummate new deals with players who are taking part in training camp. And, reportedly, the next target is wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
On the day the 49ers signed injured nose tackle Glenn Dorsey to a two-year contract extension, the NFL Network reports there is progress toward completing a contract extension with Crabtree before the start of the regular season.
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What might make the deal more likely is Crabtree’s history of injuries. Crabtree is willing to earn a significant portion of his contract via incentives, rather than insist on large guaranteed and base money, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.
Up to this point, there had been no indication of progress in contract talks with Crabtree, who missed the first five games of his NFL career in 2009 due to a contract stalemate.
Numerous league sources considered it a long shot the 49ers would be able to present Crabtree with the kind of offer to convince him to forego a chance at unrestricted free agency.
The 49ers had $9.775 million in salary cap space before signing Dorsey to his extension. It’s not known whether Dorsey’s new contract has any impact on the 49ers’ salary cap for this season.
The 49ers also recently completed new deals with quarterback Colin Kaepernick and left tackle Joe Staley. Meanwhile, guard Alex Boone remains a holdout as he seeks a new contract.
Crabtree is scheduled to enter the final season of a six-year, $32 million contract he signed as the No. 10 overall pick in 2009.
Within the past three months, two notable wide receivers have signed new deals with their clubs. Chicago's Brandon Marshall received a four-year, $39.3 million deal, including a $7.5 million signing bonus. While Green Bay's Jordy Nelson agreed to a five-years, $42.5 million deal with $11.5 million to sign.