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49ers unlikely to re-sign Michael Crabtree next year?

Michael CrabtreeColin Kaepernick’s intention behind signing his new deal with the San Francisco 49ers was to allow the team the ability to sign many other key players to long-term contracts. As a quarterback, one of his top priorities likely was to have the team retain wide receiver Michael Crabtree longterm. But that may prove to be difficult.

CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco believes “it would be a major surprise” if the Niners work out a new deal with Crabtree before he becomes a free agent next year.

Here’s what Maiocco writes:

Crabtree is entering the final year of his deal, too. As everyone remembers, he was difficult to sign as a rookie when he had no outside negotiating power. It would be a major surprise if the 49ers reach an extension with him before he has a chance to test the open market next spring.

The Niners’ belief that they will be unable to retain Crabtree could explain why they dealt for former Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson this offseason. In addition to Johnson, they have Anquan Boldin signed through 2015. They also might need to negotiate with Vernon Davis, who has indicated plans to potentially hold out of training camp.

Crabtree is not a guy you want to lose, but they might not have much of a choice in the matter. At least they’ve proven the ability to re-stack their roster under GM Trent Baalke.

H/T Rotoworld

Richard Sherman takes shot at Michael Crabtree with autographed picture

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We all remember what happened between Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree during last year’s NFC Championship Game. Sherman tipped a pass away from Crabtree to seal the game and jogged over to the San Francisco 49ers receiver to shake his hand. Crabtree wanted none of that, and Sherman unloaded on him in his postgame press conference.

Sherman later apologized for personally attacking Crabtree the way he did. Was the apology sincere? At some point, Sherman autographed a photo and wrote “Sorry Crabtree” underneath his signature. Steiner Sports tweeted a photo of the item on Sunday, though it has not gone on sale on their website yet.

As the LA Times pointed out, you can find photos of the Seattle Seahawks cornerback taunting Tom Brady on eBay with the words “U Mad Bro?” written under Sherman’s autograph. Talking trash is his thing, so this should surprise no one. We all know he wasn’t really sorry.

Richard Sherman: ‘I shouldn’t have attacked Michael Crabtree the way I did’

Richard-Sherman-Michael-Crabtree-butt-patSeattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman expressed regret on Tuesday for his highly-publicized rant after the NFC Championship Game. In another piece he wrote for Monday Morning Quarterback entitled “10 Things I Learned After America Learned About Me,” Sherman started off by saying he should not have verbally attacked Michael Crabtree.

“If I could pass a lesson on to the kids it would be this: Don’t attack anybody,” Sherman wrote. “I shouldn’t have attacked Michael Crabtree the way I did. You don’t have to put anybody else down to make yourself bigger.”

Many felt that John Madden was simply expressing the old-timer’s opinion when he said Sherman’s actions set a bad example for children, but it sounds like Sherman actually agrees. In fact, he admitted the NFL stage is even greater at this level than he could have imagined.

“How much does America love football? My one little rant made it onto CNBC and CNN,” he said. “I heard my name on The View. I got tweets in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Czech and Arabic. People identify with the struggle and the battle of a football game.”

Sherman previously said that calling a person a “thug” is an accepted way of calling them the N-word. Personally, we felt that the 25-year-old simply acted like an A-hole and it was the media that turned the discussion racial. Sherman, however, did not downplay the impact of race on how his rant was perceived.

“Race played a major part in how my behavior was received, but I think it went beyond that. Would the reaction have been the same if I was clean-cut, without the dreadlocks? Maybe if I looked more acceptable in conservative circles, my rant would have been understood as passion. These prejudices still play a factor in our views because it’s human nature to quickly stereotype and label someone. We all have that.”

As I’ve said before, I truly believe that if a white player said the exact same things as Sherman he would be ridiculed just the same. Listen to what he actually said. No one wants to hear players calling themselves the best and taking away from the team. Sherman previously apologized for that, and it certainly seems like he understands that when looking back on his actions.

Richard Sherman said ‘Hell of a game, hell of a game’ to Michael Crabtree

Richard-Sherman-Michael-Crabtree-butt-patRichard Sherman has been accused of taunting Michael Crabtree on the field after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, but you could actually argue that he didn’t. While Sherman had plenty of unkind words for Crabtree during his postgame interview with Erin Andrews, what he said directly to Crabtree wasn’t bad at all.

Sherman was mic’ed up during the game, and NFL.com’s SoundFX aired some of the footage on Wednesday night. If you watch the video of the game-clinching interception, you’ll see that all Sherman said to Crabtree was, “Hell of a game, hell of a game.” Crabtree then shoved him in the face.

So I guess you could argue that Sherman didn’t say anything bad. However, even he admitted in his postgame interview with Ed Werder that he doesn’t like people “running their mouth” and was basically telling Crabtree “nice try” by sprinting over to him.

Sherman didn’t swear or insult Crabtree to his face, but it’s probably safe to say he wasn’t being genuine. We already know the hostility between the two players dates back to an offseason charity event, so I don’t blame Crabtree for thinking (or knowing) that Sherman was mocking him. We all know what “hell of a game” really meant.

Richard Sherman-Michael Crabtree beef supposedly started at offseason charity event

Richard-Sherman-Michael-Crabtree-butt-patHere is what we know for sure about the relationship between Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree — it is not a good one. Sherman tore into Crabtree after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. Some of the animosity may have stemmed from comments Crabtree made last week about Sherman not being the best cornerback in the NFL. However, the feud may have started as far back as last offseason.

On Sunday evening, Sherman opened up to NFL.com’s Michael Silver and explained why he dislikes Crabtree.

Later, Sherman explained that he was angered by something Crabtree had said to him while the two were socializing with other players (including then-49ers receiver Kyle Williams, now with the Kansas City Chiefs) at a function associated with Fitzgerald’s charity softball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., last April. Sherman wouldn’t share specifics, saying only that ‘(Crabtree) said something to me, and I told him I’d make him pay for it on the field.’”

That story matches up with one that Sherman’s older brother Branton told Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times recently.

Sherman has been upset with Crabtree since last summer. Both attended Arizona star receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s charity event. While there, Sherman went to shake Crabtree’s hand, and Crabtree tried to start a fight, according to Sherman’s older brother, Branton.

‘I’m going to make a play and embarrass him,’ Richard Sherman vowed that day.”

So there you have it. These two players obviously dislike each other a great deal, and that hatred was just too much for Sherman to contain after he tipped a pass away from Crabtree that sealed the biggest victory of his career. Personally, I would have liked to see Sherman take the high road and not take attention away from a great team win. Considering Seattle is headed to the Super Bowl, I’m sure he’s already been forgiven.

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Here are Michael Crabtree’s comments that sparked Richard Sherman’s rant

Richard-Sherman-interviewWhen Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman forced the interception that effectively ended the NFC Championship Game, he obviously felt a sense of personal victory. Sherman patted San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree on the butt before giving the choke sign. He then acted like a lunatic in not one but two postgame interviews.

So what set him off? What was it that had Sherman so wound up that he was unable to enjoy the victory with class and had to focus the spotlight on himself? Some comments that Crabtree made last Thursday when he was asked if Sherman is the best cornerback in the league could help answer those questions.

“Uh, no, I don’t think so,” Crabtree said at the time, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “I don’t know (anything) about the best cornerbacks in the league. I just know teams. We are playing the Seattle Seahawks and hopefully we come out with a win.

“You study him and you study the defense, the overall defense. A lot of guys play coverages. It isn’t just man-to-man the whole game. So you got to study the whole defense. It is not just one guy. It is the entire defense.”

Crabtree had a point. You can’t focus on one player when preparing for a game, because you don’t even know if that one defensive back is going to shadow you all afternoon. Nevertheless, the comments offended Sherman to the point where he called Crabtree “mediocre” and said he thought it was a “joke” that the Niners tried to win the game by throwing in his direction.

Sherman’s confidence is part of what makes him such a great defender. Still, he could have done a better job of focusing the attention on the team. You know, the one that just punched its ticket to the Super Bowl.

Michael Crabtree fires back at Richard Sherman on Twitter

Richard-Sherman-interviewSeattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman stole the show after the NFC Championship Game with his WWE-esque antics. After tipping a pass that was intended for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree and forcing a game-ending interception, Sherman was not exactly feeling humble.

Instead, the All-Pro defensive back went on a ridiculous rant with FOX’s Erin Andrews and then continued the fun in an interview with ESPN’s Ed Werder. He called Crabtree “mediocre” and said it was a “joke” that the Niners thought they were going to throw a game-winning touchdown against him. Crabtree fired back on Twitter.

Crabtree caught four passes for 52 yards, so most would say Sherman held him in check. I’m not really sure what he’s referring to that the film would show. Sherman said people should judge his character on the field, which is tough to do when he’s screaming into the microphone after the game.

Sherman is a great player and is probably right about being the best corner in the game. That said, he acted like an idiot when the game ended. Seattle had just advanced to the Super Bowl after winning an incredible game. The victory could have spoken for itself.