When, if ever, will Michael Crabtree sign with the 49ers?
I offered my own prediction to a highly-placed NFL source the other day: Aug. 20, right before the team’s second exhibition game. That’s my guess.
But the source immediately gave me a definitive, and, to me, somewhat bracing response: Nope, Crabtree’s agent Eugene Parker and 49ers management are too ground in for any deal coming before August.
The source said that Crabtree almost certainly will sign, unless he’s crazy enough to start skipping game-checks, which he probably isn’t, but that it won’t be until in the weeks or days before the 49ers’ Sept. 13 regular-season opener.