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Colin Kaepernick believes Michael Crabtree is all the way back to 100 percent following his 2013 Achilles' injury.

"At the end of last year he still wasn't 100 percent," Kaepernick said. "He has a lot more burst to him now. Looks really good." Crabtree looked surprisingly good returning only seven months after his Achilles' tear last season, but clearly wasn't 100 percent. Now more than a year removed from going down, Crabtree should be ready to make hay in his contract year.

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CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco believes it would be a "major surprise" if the 49ers signed Michael Crabtree to an extension before he hits free agency in 2015.

Maiocco notes the 49ers are "not in the business of overpaying," and Crabtree is known to be seeking top dollar. Maiocco previously stated it was "doubtful" Crabtree would be slapped with the franchise tag, which will be worth over $12.3 million next offseason. Still only 26, Crabtree would be a hot item on the open market. He should be primed for a career-best season in his walk year.

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Michael Crabtree is expected to seek "(nothing) less than a big-money deal" in extension talks with the 49ers.

If the sides can't reach a compromise before next March, beat writer Matt Maiocco believes it's "doubtful" the Niners slap Crabtree with the franchise tag. The 2014 wideout tag was worth $12.3 million. It's worth remembering that Crabtree undertook a lengthy training camp holdout before signing his rookie contract. Crabtree's agent is known to drive a hard bargain. The 49ers have some tough decisions to make after locking up Colin Kaepernick.

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CSN Bay Area considers $10 million annually to be contract-year WR Michael Crabtree's "absolute ceiling" for his next contract.

Crabtree has just one 1,000-yard season to his name through five years. He's never topped nine touchdowns and has 22 through 63 regular-season games. Some of this can be attributed to playing in a run-heavy offense. Crabtree isn't going to take the top off a defense but is a precise route runner and has sure hands. He's a No. 1 receiver, but we'd bet his next deal averages $7-8 million per year. Crabtree is set to earn $3.5 million in the final year of his deal.

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The Sacramento Bee believes Michael Crabtree is less likely to get a contract extension now.

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The 49ers are expected to approach Michael Crabtree about a contract extension this offseason.

Crabtree is owed $3.5 million entering the final year of his rookie contract. The 49ers had to be pleased with his 2013 recovery from Achilles' surgery, as Crabtree returned late in the season and made an impact. He's 26 years old. Re-signing Crabtree could be much cheaper now as opposed to next winter.

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Michael Crabtree was held to four catches for 52 yards in San Francisco's NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks.

Crabtree was targeted eight times, the last of which resulted in a game-sealing pick by LB Malcolm Smith. The play was set up by suffocating single coverage from Richard Sherman, who swatted the ball away with an extremely athletic move. In general, Crabtree's return from a torn Achilles' tendon went smoothly, as he caught 34 passes for 487 yards and a touchdown in eight games. Although he never seemed to fully find his footing, Crabtree moved remarkably well for someone so recently removed from a major injury. With nine more months to move toward 100 percent, Crabtree should be all the way back to WR1 status in 2014, the final year of his rookie contract.

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Michael Crabtree is listed on the 49ers' Championship week injury report with a wrist issue, but is practicing in full.

Crabtree took a beating in the 49ers' win over the Panthers, injuring his wrist on a first-quarter hit from CB Captain Munnerlyn. The ailment appeared to be an issue, but Crabtree never checked out. He'll be ready to roll against the Seahawks.

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Michael Crabtree was held to 26 yards on three catches in the 49ers' Divisional Round win over the Panthers.

Crabtree appeared hampered by a first-quarter hit to the left wrist from Panthers slot corner Captain Munnerlyn. While Anquan Boldin racked up catches between the numbers, Carolina kept Crabtree quiet aside from a 20-yard reception on San Francisco's final first-half drive. The Niners will undoubtedly need more impact from Crabtree in the NFC Championship game against the Seahawks. In Crabtree's last three meetings with Seattle, he's been held to stat lines of 4-40, 4-65, and 4-31. He's played the Seahawks seven times in his career and has never scored a touchdown.

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Michael Crabtree caught eight balls for 125 yards in the 49ers' Wild Card win over the Packers.

Colin Kaepernick hit Crabtree four times for 70 yards on San Francisco's first drive, capitalizing on Sam Shields' (knee) absence. Crabtree saw two first-quarter end-zone targets, but Davon House broke up both, arguably getting away with twin pass-interference penalties. Crabtree did get the better of House on a third-quarter completion for 22. Despite his spring Achilles' injury, Crabtree has looked as creative and elusive after the catch as ever. He worked the middle of the field beautifully Sunday, getting open virtually at will against Green Bay's zone looks. Reemerging as Kaepernick's go-to guy, Crabtree will be a force to be reckoned with at Carolina in Week 19.