September 18, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers still expect to sign top draft pick Michael Crabtree.
Team president Jed York acknowledged that the deadline passed Friday for the franchise to trade the unsigned holdout receiver, the 10th overall draft pick who wants money comparable to the higher picks. Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, the No. 7 pick, signed a five-year contract late last month that will guarantee him at least $23.5 million.
On Friday, Jacksonville Jaguars top pick Eugene Monroe - taken eighth overall - signed a five-year, $25 million contract that includes $19 million guaranteed.
York said before the 49ers' exhibition opener against the Denver Broncos that the team would get it done, but he's just unsure how soon.
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