***update 7:50 a.m. *** Something indeed may be "brewing" on Crabtree's end, but it hasn't reached the 49ers. The two sides have not communicated in weeks and that has not changed, according to a league source. Crabtree has been living and working out in the Orlando, Fla. area since leaving the South Bay.
Deion Sanders provided the biggest plot twist in the Michael Crabtree saga when on Sept. 4 he said there were two teams that were willing to pay Crabtree the money he was seeking. Sanders, who is a Crabtree confidant, added a little more intrigue Sunday during a 49ers-Rams highlight reel on NFL Network.
During the segment, host Rich Eisen twice joked that the 49ers player catching touchdowns in the highlight was Michael Crabtree. (The highlights actually were of Vernon Davis and Josh Morgan). This was the exchange between Eisen and Sanders as the Morgan touchdown is being shown:
Eisen:Looking to the end zone for Michael Crabtree! ... No.
Sanders: Not yet. He could be brewing.
Eisen: Really? Dropping hints?
Sanders: Dropping hints.
Sanders dropped another teaser in a segment called "Let's Go Primetime." After noting how well the 49ers defense played against the Rams, he said, "And Crabtree may be on his way. I'm just saying. I'm just saying."
It was hard to determine whether Sanders was being serious -- lots of schtick in those highlight segments -- but if something were to be happening with Crabtree, rest assured that former Eugene Parker (it's "former." right?) client Sanders would know first. To watch the segment with Eisen, click here.
-- Matt Barrows