Niners May Not Extend Crabtree After Johnson Trade


Michael Crabtree just can’t catch a break.

Months after Richard Sherman put him on blast in the greatest post-game rant of all-time, his San Francisco 49ers may have already decided to not extend the wide receiver’s contract.

While the Niners were expected to take a wide receiver in last weekend’s NFL Draft, they instead went out and traded for Stevie Johnson.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the trade for Johnson may signal that San Francisco is not looking to extend Crabtree.

Crabtree, of course, is entering the final year of his rookie deal. The 49ers didn’t trade up… But they traded for veteran Stevie Johnson, who is signed through the next three seasons at salaries that are lower – perhaps significantly lower – than what Crabtree will want.

The bottom line: The 49ers’ trade for Johnson may signal that they don’t intend to sign Michael Crabtree to a long-term extension.

While the wide receiver position was once a weakness for the Niners, they are now loaded at the position. Unfortunately for Crabtree, this may mean a payday that seemed almost guaranteed a few months ago may be a lot harder to come by now.