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The 49ers have begun talking with Crabtree about a new contract, NFL.com reports.A recent report from the Sacramento Bee suggested that Crabtree is unlikely to re-sign with the 49ers, but it still makes sense for the two sides to at least touch base. A return to the Bay would seemingly cap Crabtree's upside, as Anquan Boldin is still under contract, and the 49ers will likely emphasize their running game.

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Crabtree is unlikely to re-sign with the 49ers, the Sacramento Bee reports.Crabtree's tenure in San Francisco didn't lack for intrigue, but his 2014 campaign flew under the radar, with the former No. 10 overall draft pick catching 68-of-108 targets for 698 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. Crabtree shouldn't have much trouble finding a job as a starter, but he doesn't offer much big-play ability, and hasn't looked like a true No. 1 since tearing his Achilles in spring of 2013. The 49ers still have fellow possession receivers Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson under contract, so a parting of ways makes sense for both sides.

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Crabtree (knee) caught 4-of-4 targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over Arizona.

It was an unremarkable performance Sunday, just like his season, which ends with a disappointing 68 receptions for 698 yards and four touchdowns. Anquan Boldin had his second straight 1,000-yard season in San Francisco, and thoroughly outproduced the younger Crabtree in 2014. Jim Harbaugh officially coached his last game for San Francisco on Sunday, so it will be interesting to see what the new regime thinks of Crabtree, as he'll be a free agent this offseason.

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Crabtree (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Cardinals.

Since injuring his knee on Thanksgiving Day, Crabtree has accrued 13 catches (on 18 targets) for 80 yards, and 14 of those targets occurred in a Week 14 loss to the Raiders. A reversal of fortune thus appears unlikely against an Arizona defense that has surrendered 13.0 YPC, but just one touchdown grab to wideouts in the past seven games.

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Crabtree (knee) is probable for Sunday's game against Arizona.

Crabtree's knee is evidently bugging him a bit, but the probable designation indicates it won't be a major factor in his Sunday performance. Still, after such a disappointing season, it's not an ideal matchup for Crabtree to face off against Arizona.

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Crabtree (knee) was a full practice participant Wednesday, the 49ers' official site reports.

Crabtree's receiving yards have deceased from the previous week in three of the last four games, a stretch in which he's gathered in 16 balls (on 21 targets) for 90 yards and no scores. With a pitiful 5.6 YPC during that span, he'll be hard-pressed to turn it around Sunday against a Cardinals secondary that has given up 13.0 YPC but just one touchdown reception to wide receivers in the last seven contests.

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Crabtree (knee) had one catch for five yards in Saturday's overtime loss to the Chargers.

Crabtree, who came into this game listed as questionable with a knee injury, may have aggravated the injury early on because he hardly played in this contest. He spent much of the game on the sideline with a baseball cap on and only entered the game in overtime after the 49ers lost a couple of other receivers to injury. Given his recent level of output, you're probably better off looking elsewhere for WR help in Week 17.

Michael Crabtree WR SF 2 Months

Crabtree (knee) is active for Saturday's game against San Diego.

Crabtree's knee issue is significant enough that it kept him out of Wednesday's practice while limiting him Thursday and Friday. Between his own struggles, his knee ailment and the struggles of the 49ers offense as a whole, it's hard to get excited about Crabtree's fantasy prospects for Saturday.

Michael Crabtree WR SF 2 Months

Crabtree (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against San Diego.

Crabtree logged limited practices Thursday and Friday, so he seems to have a decent chance at suiting up. With the 49ers offense in complete disarray at this point, Crabtree doesn't have much obvious fantasy appeal either way, however.

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Crabtree (knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday, the 49ers' official site reports.

Crabtree bumped up from no activity Wednesday, placing him on a path to active status Saturday versus the Chargers. While he has averaged only 9.9 YPC over the last five contests, San Diego's defense can be exploited, after giving up five touchdown catches to wide receivers in the past four games.