Eagles could make a move to sign free agent WR Michael Crabtree

With the Philadelphia Eagles just hours away from Jeremy Maclin officially signing with the Kansas City Chiefs, the team is in desperate need of signing a wide receiver. One of the names that has come up is San Francisco 49ers free agent Michael Crabtree.

He’s reportedly done in the Bay Area, and will be a top target with Maclin and Randall Cobb agreeing to new contracts before free agency starts. He was the fourth-best option and became the first after Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas were franchise tagged.

The 27-year-old is reportedly wanting to sign with a team that has a strong emphasis on the passing game. Whether Mark Sanchez or Marcus Mariota – if they can acquire him in a trade next month – Chip Kelly wants to throw the ball.

They have been rumors that a big deal in the works. But it is unclear what that deal is at the moment, as according to sources, it could be a surprise like the LeSean McCoy trade that came out of the blue.

The Eagles have the fourth-most cap space at $45.1 million. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, and Tennessee Titans have more cap space to spend in free agency.

Crabtree has been with the 49ers since being drafted in 2009. He’s been a durable wideout, as he’s only missed 17 games, including a 11 in 2013.

He had 68 receptions for 698 yards last season with four touchdowns. He’s never surpassed ten touchdowns in a season.

His career season was 85 receptions for 1,105 yards with nine touchdowns. This is his lone 1,000 yard season in

With the 49ers, he was mainly a second receiver throughout much of his tenure. The past two seasons, he played second fiddle to Anquan Boldin, who had 83 receptions last year and 85 in 2013.

Now, he’s looking to be the top guy. Without Maclin, the top Eagles wide receiver is Riley Cooper at the moment.

The Eagles have let their past two 1,000 yard receivers go in back-to-back off-seasons. DeSean Jackson was released last March, before signing a three-year deal with the Washington Redskins.

That was before Maclin decided to leave, as well. Jackson had 56 receptions for 1,169 yards with six touchdowns, which was the fourth 1,000 yard season in his career.

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