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Michael Crabtree Comments on 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, More

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) talks with quarterback Colin Kaepernick before an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIFebruary 5, 2016

The drama surrounding Colin Kaepernick continues. This time, a former teammate is speaking out.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who spent his first six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and four of them as Kaepernick's teammate, told Fox Sports 1's Jason Whitlock on Thursday that he hasn't spoken to the quarterback since he left San Francisco and hopes he gets on the right track.

"I'm an Oakland Raider now. I don't like to touch on that. It's kind of a sensitive topic. ... I don't like to go back to the past," Crabtree said. "I haven't talked to Kap since I left. ... And I hope he get in those books, and watch that film and know what he's doing out there."

That's a burn.

Here's what Crabtree said when Whitlock first asked him about his thoughts on Kaepernick: "Derek Carr, he's good, man. ... He throws the football...and I catch it."

When Kaepernick became the full-time starter in Week 7 of the 2012 season, he and Crabtree developed great chemistry in the passing game. Crabtree had five 100-yard games, including the playoffs, in the 49ers' run to Super Bowl XLVII. After a torn Achilles kept Crabtree out for all but five games in 2013, he caught 68 passes for 698 yards the following season, his lowest output since his rookie year.

Crabtree has found new life in Oakland, where he tied his career highs with 85 catches and nine touchdowns in 2015, while San Francisco benched Kaepernick for Blaine Gabbert.

While Crabtree is flourishing in Oakland, Kaepernick wants out of San Francisco, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. But Crabtree's comments not only show the glaring differences between the two California franchises but also where he thinks Carr is as a quarterback compared to Kaepernick.

It's safe to say Crabtree made the right decision by moving on from the San Francisco drama.

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