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49ers reduce their offer to Crabtree


Michael Crabtree continues to hold firm, not signing a contract until the 49ers increase their offer.

The 49ers reportedly have changed their proposal.

Now, they?re offering less money.

Yahoo Sports? Michael Silver, a Press Democrat alum, quotes a 49ers source as saying the club is willing to give Crabtree incentives that push the deal ?up to a dollar less? than the package the Packers gave ninth overall pick B.J. Raji.

The Raji deal is a five-year contract worth $22.5 million in base salary with a max of $28.5 million. Raji received $17.7 million guaranteed.

?(But) we won?t go over that,? the source told Silver. ?Otherwise, we?re going to have the same problem next year, and the year after that ...?

Moreover, the 49ers are reportedly willing to pay less in guaranteed money with every game Crabtree misses.

The 49ers offered Crabtree $16 million guaranteed with the thought that he would play 80 games over five seasons. That works out to $200,000 for each of those games, and the 49ers are prepared to subtract that amount for each game Crabtree remains unsigned.

Coach Mike Singletary confirmed the 49ers have talked about lowering their offer or increasing the deal to six years to compensate for the time he has already missed with the club.

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