Michael Crabtree has held out waiting for the right deal before. But this time, he has the benefit of choices.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea, the 49ers free agent wide receiver is “willing to wait however long it takes” to find the right deal for the coming season.
While that obviously means he hasn’t found the money he’s looking for, there also seems to be a schematic concern. He’d like to get the ball more, and with the 49ers still leaning run and bringing in free agent wideout Torrey Smith, targets might be hard to come by.
The 49ers would like to bring him back, and he visited the Dolphins last week but left without a deal.
At this stage in the market, it’s unlikely he’s going to find anything to match the $5.3 million per year he was making on his rookie deal.
And barring an injury in another camp when OTAs start, it’s hard to imagine the offers are going to get much bigger. But having held out the first month of his rookie season, he’s shown he’s willing to take a stand for what he thinks he’s worth.