San Francisco 49ers are set for an explosive offseason after it was revealed that the storied franchise has parted ways with head coach Jim Harbaugh after a disappointing year.
Amongst all of the rumors and speculation about the next 49ers head coach, the Niners will also have to contend with the possibility of several stars leaving San Francisco.
Two of the stars that could leave are veteran running back Frank Gore and star receiver Michael Crabtree. Although Gore says he wants to stay with the team, it's Crabtree that is the more likely to depart this offseason.
Where will Crabtree go?
Speaking about his offseason predicament, Crabtree told the press that he currently has no idea where he will end up next season. The 27-year-old remained coy on his plans for 2015, but reports suggest he's likely to be on his way out as the 49ers plan a huge clearout with a new head coach coming into the fold for 2015.
"I don't even know where I'm going, so I can’t talk about that," Crabtree said. "I know you want me to."
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Crabtree loved Harbaugh
It is understood that the wide receiver had a great relationship with Harbaugh, with Crabtree revealing that the now Michigan head coach 'meant a lot' to his career.
With Harbaugh gone from San Francisco now, reports say that it's highly likely Crabtree will do the same. At the age of 27, Crabtree will be looking to get his final big paycheque of his career, and it's incredibly unlikely that he will be receiving that from the 49ers.
Still has love for 49ers
Despite the rumors, Crabtree explained his love for the 49ers in a suspiciously sounding farewell.
"I love the fans," he said. "The 49er fans are probably the best thing that’s happened to me, from the good times and the bad times. To the die-hard 49ers fans, I love y'all."
Although Crabtree has been an impressive performer for the 49ers for the last few years, this season has been a terrible one for Crabtree, with the wideout only catching 68 balls for 698 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
The 49ers won't miss him too much in terms of talent, but the fans might miss his attitude and enthusiasm.