July 24, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) stretches during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers hope to extend Michael Crabtree before season

Michael Crabtree is the next member of the San Francisco 49ers who is in line for a contract extension, and the team seems to be putting on the full court press in hopes of reaching a new deal before the start of the regular season.

From Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:

The 49ers gave quarterback Colin Kaepernick a big money deal earlier in the offseason, so now they will hope to lock up his top target.

After a relatively slow start to his career, Crabtree has emerged as one of the most talented wide receivers in the entire league and he has been a star in the San Francisco 49ers offense — even if Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman believes he is mediocre.

Whether or not a deal gets done remains to be seen, but it is a positive sign for the 49ers fan base that Crabtree is the “next man up.”

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