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Report: Crabtree leaves the Bay Area

When the first NFL pass thrown to Raiders rookie receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey bounced off his hands, we thought of the guy picked three spots after him, and we wondered whether Michael Crabtree would have made that play.

And that reminded us of a recent development regarding Crabtree.

A report last week that ESPN’s Trent Dilfer recently worked out with Crabtree in the Bay Area prompted speculation that Crabtree was planning to end his holdout and sign with the team.

Over the weekend, reports emerged that Crabtree could indeed be sitting out the season and re-entering the draft.

Earlier tonight, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Crabtree had left the Bay Area, which reasonably is being interpreted as a sign that Crabtree doesn’t plan to cave.

Still, there are rumblings that Crabtree could be ready to take the offer that’s on the table, especially since the dollars might soon be reducing.

It’s not as compelling as some of the drama we’ve seen on the field this weekend, but as off-field soap operas go, this one is pretty entertaining.

UPDATE: A reader makes a very good point, and we should have put two and two together, given that it was mentioned in a prior post today. Monday is Crabtree’s birthday, so he possibly went back to Texas to celebrate it.