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INDIANAPOLIS – The 49ers will meet this week with Michael Crabtree’s agent, general manager Trent Baalke said.
Crabtree is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. Teams have sole negotiating rights with their free-agents-to-be through March 7. The free-agent signing period begins three days later. Crabtree appears likely to hit the open market as a free agent.
Crabtree, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2009 draft, is coming off a disappointing season in which he caught 68 passes for 698 yards and four touchdowns. Crabtree’s best season was 2012, when he caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns.
He sustained a torn Achilles during the 2013 offseason program and was limited to five regular-season games in 2013.
Team president Paraag Marathe is expected to sit down with agent Eugene Parker this week at the NFL Scouting Combine. The last time Marathe and Parker negotiated with each other was during the 2009 season, as the sides reached a deal to end a contract stalemate. Crabtree missed the first five games of his rookie season.
Anquan Boldin, Steve Johnson, Bruce Ellington and Quinton Patton are the top 49ers wide receivers under contract for next season. Johnson, however, is scheduled to earn $6 million in salary, a figure that might need to be adjusted in order for him to remain with the club.
The 49ers had a need at receiver in last year’s draft, but 12 wideouts were selected before they chose Ellington in the fourth round. Odell Beckham, Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin all topped 1,000 yards in their rookie seasons.
The 49ers own the No. 15 overall pick, and they could be looking at a wide receiver in that spot.
“I would say this is another quality group, especially at the top part of that position group,” Baalke said.
Matt Maiocco will appear on Yahoo SportsTalk Live tonight at 5, 7 & 11 p.m. to discuss Trent Baalke's comments to the media at the NFL combine.