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Receiver Edwards agrees to 1-year deal with 49ers
The 49ers liked his size: 6-foot-3, 214 pounds.
Michael Crabtree is sidelined at the start of training camp for the third straight year, nursing a left foot injury sustained during offseason workouts that has him sporting a walking boot. Crabtree has yet to live up to the hype around him after he was drafted 10th overall in 2009 out of Texas Tech. After a 71-day stalemate between Crabtree and the team, he agreed to a six-year deal with $17 million guaranteed.
Crabtree had 55 catches for six touchdowns and 741 yards last season. Josh Morgan and Ted Ginn Jr. are the two other regulars back from 2010, though neither has demonstrated the ability to carry the offense and consistently take pressure off running back Frank Gore.
“It’s official,” Edwards said. “We have moved to the bay. I’m a proud member of the San Francisco 49ers.”
The 28-year-old Edwards made 53 receptions for 904 yards and seven touchdowns last season in his second year with the New York Jets. He spent his first five NFL seasons with Cleveland, making the Pro Bowl in 2007.
He began talking to the 49ers on Monday, then visited team headquarters Wednesday.
“I think I’ve put myself in some situations I’m to blame for and coming out here is a good, fresh start to get clean personally with people that I trust and with a team that’s supporting me through what they know I’m going through,” he said.
“When he played there and when I played there, we were taught how to be accountable, responsible, to know right from wrong. That’s what I want to get back to, being the guy that can be accountable, that can be respected and who can be put in a position to thrive here and be a responsible guy for this organization.”
“Bray I signed there today also…let’s get a RING!”
The 26-year-old Whitner, the eighth overall pick out of Ohio State in 2006, ranked fifth in the NFL with 140 tackles last season for Buffalo and also had one forced fumble, an interception and half a sack. He apparently had been close to signing with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Second-year safety Taylor Mays, a second-round draft pick out of Southern California last year, was on the field for practice amid reports the 49ers are reaching out to teams across the league in an effort to trade him.
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