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Redskins Interested in WR Michael Crabtree

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Will the Redskins bolster their receiving corps with another Scot McCloughan draftee?

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

According to ESPN's John Keim, the Washington Redskins are interested in signing former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.  Redskins GM Scot McCloughan selected Crabtree, 27, in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft - McCloughan's last draft as a general manager.

NBC Washington reported that San Francisco was interested in retaining his services, but the feeling doesn't appear to be mutual.

The Washington Post's Mike Jones and Keim have, however, thrown some cold water on the idea of a potential signing since the initial report by Keim this morning.  It appears that Crabtree is more interested in signing with the San Diego Chargers at the moment.

And from Keim's latest post on ESPN.com.

WR Michael Crabtree: Yes, Crabtree. The Redskins have expressed interest in him, but a source says he’s leaning toward San Diego, so I wouldn’t anticipate anything happening here.

Here are Crabtree's career stats per PFR.

Year G GS Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD R/G Y/G
2009 11 11 86 48 625 13 2 4.4 56.8
2010 16 15 101 55 741 13.5 6 3.4 46.3
2011 15 14 115 72 874 12.1 4 4.8 58.3
2012 16 16 127 85 1105 13 9 5.3 69.1
2013 5 5 33 19 284 14.9 1 3.8 56.8
2014 16 16 108 68 698 10.3 4 4.3 43.6
Career 79 77 570 347 4327 12.5 26 4.4 54.8

The two-time Biletnikoff Award winner was developing into a solid starting wideout for the 49ers until he tore his right Achilles tendon in OTAs prior to the 2013 season.  The injury may have sapped Crabtree of some of his ability, as he has only gone on to post modest numbers since then.