Getting back to Crabtree changing his phone number which was also REPORTED ON ESPN LAST NIGHT......
What's important is his TEAMMATES are now saying THEY DON'T CARE. That's the shift in message. THE TEAM HAS MOVED ON. That's not speculation. Didn't Takeo say "you can't miss what you never had..."
There's no guarantee at all at all that Crabtree will make the 49ers better. You're talking about a team that has been losing for a while so what's one more year. This team isn't a player away so why would you overpay for one? The same logic applies to a UFA who wants x dollars, etc.
Look, the 49ers have 2 draft picks next year and even if Crabtree joins the Jets or Cowboys even prior to the tampering charges, yes those teams might become better on paper. At this point, if I'm the 49ers, with 2 #1s (and it's looking like the Panther's pick is going to be a HIGH #1 thanks to Delhomme), the 49ers have more than enough ammo to bring in a proven, larger, faster, tested WR like Marshall who's just dyyyyying to get out of Denver not because he's greedy but because he's been lied to by the Broncs front office, etc. Willing to bet Denver dumps him for a 3rd or 4th.
Sorry, but I'm over it - WRs are only good as their QBs and QBs are only as good as their OLs. Don't think so, ask Tom Brady. Randy Moss has been looking incredible this season.....oh wait, not. WRs are overrated and have always been IMHO. I love Jerry, Joe, Young, Craig, Rathman, etc... but if it weren't for McKittrick and Walsh being able to design plays and develop the undersized, 6th, 7th pick OL, the 49ers would have never been great - maybe just good.
You can look it up - when we lost McKittrick was the true beginning of the end.
God rest his soul.