Cornerback Perrish Cox, who is scheduled to hit the free-agent market next week, believes wide receiver Michael Crabtree has played his final game in a 49ers uniform.
When asked Thursday if he believes Crabtree will be back with the 49ers, Cox said on 95.7 The Game , “Nah, I doubt that.”
“From the receiver that Crabtree is, last year our receiving corps that we had, we had a lot of receivers that wanted the ball,” Cox said. “Crabtree is one of those guys that wants the ball. And when you have players like we have on our squad -- with the receiver corps we had, the tight end, we got the running back, a good quarterback that runs and passes the ball -- I don’t think he’s one of those guys that wants to be in an offense like that. That’s just my opinion, though.”
Crabtree was the 49ers’ second-leading pass-catcher last season behind Anquan Boldin. Crabtree caught 68 passes for 698 yards and four touchdowns.
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Crabtree, Cox, running back Frank Gore, guard Mike Iupati and cornerback Chris Culliver are the 49ers’ top scheduled free agents. Free agents are allowed to begin negotiations with teams on Saturday. The free-agent signing period begins on Tuesday.
Cox and Culliver were the 49ers’ staring cornerbacks last season. Both are scheduled to be free agents. Cox led the 49ers with five interceptions, and the 49ers are expected to make a major play to re-sign him.
Running back Frank Gore is also scheduled to be a free agent. Cox said he speaks regularly with the 49ers’ all-time leading rusher while they’re working out together. Cox placed the odds of Gore returning to the 49ers as “50-50.”
The Indianapolis Colts and Gore have mutual interest in a union if the 49ers do not put together an offer to secure Gore’s services for his 11th NFL season, sources have told CSNBayArea.com.
49ers scheduled free agents
LB Desmond Bishop
TE Garrett Celek (restricted)
CB Chris Cook
CB Perrish Cox
WR Michael Crabtree
CB Chris Culliver
QB Blaine Gabbert
RB Frank Gore
G Mike Iupati
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie (exclusive rights)
QB Josh Johnson
WR Brandon Lloyd
LS Kyle Nelson (restricted)
WR Kassim Osgood
LB Dan Skuta
RB Alfonso Smith
RB Phillip Tanner
LB Michael Wilhoite (exclusive rights)