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September 22, 2009 5:25 PM

Maybe the 49ers Don't Need Crabtree?

That's the question being posed by San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami. With San Francisco filing tampering charges against the Jets, and now distancing themselves from Michael Crabtree, Kawakami suggests it may be time to cut their losses.

He's unsigned, apparently insisting on at least $7 million more in guarantees than the 49ers are willing to pay him.

And all the recent activity tells us that the 49ers are bracing themselves for life after Crabtree, without ever actually having Crabtree.

Realistically, the 49ers are constructed to run the ball, tackle the opponent and emphasize player selflessness.

They have receivers who have all thrown many more downfield blocks than they have scored touchdowns.

So why stress about a flighty, money-mad wide receiver who has already missed so much time? Why not just declare: If Crabtree's not signed soon, the 49ers will move on without him?

While it may indeed be time for the 49ers to move on, and accept that they'll never see eye-to-eye with Crabtree, jumping to this conclusion just because they're 2-0 (with wins coming against the Cardinals and Seahawks) might be a bit premature.

Maybe the 49ers and Crabtree were not meant to be - Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News

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