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Michael Crabtree visits Dolphins amid shrinking market

Michael Crabtree is visiting the Miami Dolphins  after arriving late Wednesday night, as per Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post.

The former 10th overall pick is coming off a down season, catching 68 passes for 698 yards and only four touchdowns. However, he was stuck with Colin Kaepernick, a fairly inaccurate passer who throws around receivers, not towards them, at quarterback in a run-heavy offense.

The San Francisco 49er’s pass-catchers also weren’t help by the front-office dysfunction that led to a mutual parting with Jim Harbaugh. Of the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive stars, only veteran stalwarts Frank Gore and Anquan Boldin posted Pro-Bowl type seasons, leaving players such as Crabtree, Steve Johnson, Carlos Hyde, and Vernon Davis with sparse stat lines.The ‘9ers’ offense  reflected this, going backwards or turning it over too many times to pull out many wins.

Given the high dysfunction levels though, it’s actually surprising the 49ers got to 8 wins.

The Dolphins certainly understand the feeling of a thoroughly average season, going 8-8 the past two seasons and 7-9 the third year. For Joe Philbin to get to 9 wins (or more) and keep his job, they’re going to need more offense and defense. With the newly-signed Ndamukong Suh anchoring the defensive line, the Dolphins have turned the attention to revamping their receiving corps.

And with Charles Clay, Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace, and Brandon Gibson leaving, there’s a void for touches behind Jarvis Landry and newly-acquired Kenny Stills. If Crabtree can regain his 2012 form (when he posted a 85/1105/9 line) and the Dolphins sign him, their offense will have siginficantly improved.

Maybe not enough to end Bill Bellichek’s reign as AFC East terror but improved nonetheless.

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Pressley Nietering

Pressley Nietering is an up-and-coming writer. He will attend Clemson University. Follow him on Twitter @Pressme
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