49ers drop tampering charge against Jets

The 49ers have dropped the tampering charge against the New York Jets, a 49ers source said. The 49ers filed charges against the Jets, citing alleged involvement with then-unsigned draft pick Michael Crabtree. The 49ers are no longer pursuing the matter with the NFL office, the source said, because “we have our guy.” Crabtree signed a six-year contract Oct. 7 with the 49ers to end a 71-day contract impasse. He has…

November 23, 2009

Bears’ Briggs was certain he’d be joining 49ers

Chicago Bears linebacker and Sacramento native Lance Briggs was certain he would be playing for the 49ers. The 49ers and Bears talked at the 2007 trade deadline about a deal that would send Briggs to the 49ers.   That deal fell through. But Briggs, who was a scheduled free agent in 2008, knew he would sign with the 49ers. He said his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told him. But just prior to…

November 10, 2009

NFL Network: Sanders clears the air

Deion Sanders said today on the NFL Network that agent Eugene Parker was his source when he said on Sept. 4 that there were two teams “desiring” a trade for Michael Crabtree. And, furthermore, he said the 49ers were Parker’s source.

October 11, 2009

More on alleged tampering with Crabtree

Deion Sanders, a Michael Crabtree confidant, said two teams contacted the 49ers to talk about trading for the unsigned rookie wide receiver. The 49ers denied any trade talks ever took place. Now, another well-connected voice confirms what Sanders initially revealed earlier this month on the NFL Network.

September 23, 2009