Give the San Francisco 49ers a little credit. The rebuilding franchise may have screwed up royally by using the No. 10 overall draft pick on a high-maintenance wide receiver, Michael Crabtree, who has yet to prove to anyone he is anywhere close to NFL-ready following surgery to repair a left foot fracture.
At least the 49ers are displaying solidarity in refusing to buckle to Crabtree’s stubborn demands that he is paid what a Top 5 draft pick should receive, and not what a No. 10 selection is worth.
The team is moving on with business sans Crabtree — and that’s a good thing, for a struggling football operation that desperately needs to salvage credibility within the Bay Area community and around the NFL.
On Wednesday, 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye said the team has not finalized a starting quarterback for Friday’s 7 p.m. PT exhibition opener, against the Denver Broncos at Candlestick Park.