Jason Cole reports that the 49ers only brought five coaches to the Scouting Combine this week including new HC Jim Tomsula, their coordinators, WRs coach, and their DBs coach.
Sources within the organization “strongly” believe San Francisco will target a wide receiver in round one.
According to Cole, all indications are that the 49ers will target a fast receiver, who’s capable of being a deep-threat in their offense.
On top of that, the 49ers are expected to allow free agent WR Michael Crabtree sign elsewhere this offseason.
This is interesting given that 49ers GM Trent Baalke said he planned to meet with Crabtree’s agent at some point this past week regarding a potential contract extension.
The general expectation has been that Crabtree will likely test the open market and possibly move on to a new team next year, so this isn’t overly surprising news.
Crabtree, 27, has played out his six-year, $32 million rookie contract with the 49ers, which included $10,065,000 guaranteed, and will now be an unrestricted free agent.
Last year, Crabtree appeared in all 16 games and caught 68 passes for 698 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 95 receiver out of 110 qualifying players.
We have Crabtree listed as the No. 44 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.