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.
Source says the #Redskins have expressed interest in WR Michael Crabtree, but as of now sounds like #Chargers a stronger possibility.— John Keim (@john_keim) March 14, 2015
NBC Washington reported that San Francisco was interested in retaining his services, but the feeling doesn't appear to be mutual.
The 49ers are interested in resigning Michael Crabtree per sources. He will have options though.— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) March 10, 2015
RT @SalSiliezar is Crabtree staying or going? > The 49ers rank 33rd (give or take) among teams on which he’d prefer to play next season.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) March 13, 2015
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.
Source says at this point, #Redskins aren't in serious pursuit of Michael Crabtree.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 14, 2015
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.
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.