Michael Crabtree won’t play in the 49ers’ game against the Falcons on Sunday. But the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft finally signed and was officially introduced by 49ers coach Mike Singletary today.
“I”m very excited about having Michael Crabtree as a part of this team,” Singletary said. “In my mind, he has been since the day of the draft. Today really makes it official. I’m excited about the talent he is, I’m excited about his attitude. Now it’s just a matter of getting him injected into our organization.”
Singletary said the 49ers have applied for a roster exemption for Crabtree, who the coach hopes will be ready to play following the team’s bye in Week 6. When Crabtree does return, Singletary anticipates a small role initially as the coaching staff figures out ways to get the rookie wide receiver on the field as he learns the offense.
Singletary was direct in defending Crabtree’s character after his lengthy contract holdout.
“The only thing I can say is I know this kid is a kid of character,” Singletary said. “When I talked to his high school football coach, when I talked to people that were around him, that grew up with him, I learned a lot about him and was excited about having him as a part of this team.
“I was really hoping at some point in time it worked out, because I want people like that on this team. All the diva and all that stuff, we don’t even have time for that. … Aside from that, I’m excited to have him here. The team is excited to have him here, because they want to win, too.”
Crabtree answered questions from reporters for approximately four minutes before being ushered out to begin looking at game film. Most of the questions were directed at his holdout and fitting in the 49ers’ locker room.
“If the team accepts me, I can’t do anything but play my part. I’m coming in and I’m ready to play football,” Crabtree said of his teammates. “I wouldn’t know if they were upset with me or not. All I can do is come in here and be the best teammate I can be and try to do the best that I can do.”