Michael Crabtree, former wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, is visiting the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday. This information comes from Ran Getlin of Yahoo Sports. Prior to free agency beginning, I had mentioned that the Dolphins had interest in Crabtree and we now see that coming to the surface.
Crabtree, who played his college ball at Texas Tech, was selected tenth overall in the first round in the 2009 NFL Draft and had been with the team ever since. Throughout his six year career, he has accumulated 347 receptions for 4,327 yards and 26 touchdowns. He has a 12.6 yard per reception average over his career.
Crabtree wasn't the most effective in San Francisco last year but that can be attributed to a variety of resaons. The entire offense struggled as a whole and the 49ers were looking to run the ball more as the season went on. There is no doubt that he still has some gas left in the tank.
The current Dolphins' receiver corps features a group of youngsters who can use some veteran leadership to help navigate the bumpy waters of being in the NFL both on and off the field. While there have been mixed reports about Crabtree's reputation and attitude, the Dolphins are doing their due diligence to try to find out more about him as a person.
We'll see if his visit results in an offer. In the past year under general manager Dennis Hickey, just about everyone who has visited with the team hasn't left without signing a contract.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs