Dec 1, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) catches a pass before the start of the game against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

49ers, Michael Crabtree and Mike Iupati are not 'remotely close' to new contracts

The San Francisco 49ers got tight end Vernon Davis to report to training camp and end his hold out, now they have to figure out their situation with right guard Alex Boone. Looming on the horizon are contract situations regarding wide receiver Michael Crabtree and guard Mike Iupati.

Unfortunately for all involved, the sides aren’t close to a deal

From CSN Bay Area:

General manager Trent Baalke said the 49ers will attempt to sign guard Mike Iupati and wide receiver Michael Crabtree to contract extensions before they become unrestricted free agents next spring.

The sides are not believed to be remotely close to new contracts for either Iupati or Crabtree, according to multiple sources.

As a last ditch effort, the 49ers could used the franchise tag on either player which paid a wide receiver $12.312 million and an offensive lineman $11.654 million in 2014. If either player reached the open market, it could be significantly harder to keep them in the Bay Area.

“We’re going to try,” general manager Trent Baalke said. “We’re going to work at it, certainly. But at some point, you got to stop negotiating deals and let these guys concentrate on playing football. I don’t know what point that is. We’ll make that determination as a club.

“But we’re certainly going to work toward that goal. Those are two very good football players, and guys we’d love to have in this organization for the long term.”

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