Michael Crabtree, the former Texas Tech standout and San Francisco 49ers first-round pick, arrived in South Florida on Wednesday evening and was expected to hear the Dolphins’ best sales pitch Thursday, according to a league source.
If signed, Crabtree, 27, would become the oldest member of the team’s receiving corps, which has undergone an overhaul in the past three weeks. And the Dolphins could conceivably get the free agent receiver at a bargain.
Crabtree never lived up to the hype that came with being the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He sustained a torn Achilles tendon before the 2013 season, but rebounded in 2014 to catch 68 passes for 698 yards and four touchdowns.
The Dolphins have parted ways with receivers Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson and added receiver Kenny Stills and tight end Jordan Cameron.
The team’s interest in Crabtree could be in response to the growing likelihood that tight end Charles Clay will be lost to the Bills. Clay signed a reported five-year, $38 million offer sheet with Buffalo late Tuesday. The Dolphins have until Sunday to match or else lose him to the Bills for no compensation.
While in San Francisco, Crabtree had some epic battles with Seahawks corner Richard Sherman, culminating with the 49ers’ final play of the 2013 NFC Championship Game.
Crabtree was the intended receiver in the end zone for a would-be winning touchdown catch, but Sherman broke up the pass and caused a decisive interception.
Moments later, Sherman skewered Crabtree on live television, calling him a “sorry receiver.”
DOLPHINS FREE AGENCY TRACKER
A look at the Dolphins’ key transactions since free agency began March 10:
Key new additions: DT Ndamukong Suh, TE Jordan Cameron, CB Brice McCain, WR Kenny Stills.
Key departures: WR Mike Wallace, WR Brandon Gibson, WR Brian Hartline, DT Jared Odrick, CB Cortland Finnegan, DT Randy Starks, OL Shelley Smith, DB Jimmy Wilson, OL Nate Garner, LB Philip Wheeler.
Who’s returning: P Brandon Fields, LB Kelvin Sheppard, S Michael Thomas, DE Derrick Shelby.
Key decisions awaiting: Charles Clay (signed offer sheet with Bills), QB Matt Moore, RB Daniel Thomas, S Louis Delmas.