November 28, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson (19) carries the ball against the New York Giants during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
The San Francisco 49ers are looking for options to replace Michael Crabtree, who tore his Achilles tendon and underwent surgery earlier this week, sidelining him for at least six month.
An eight-year veteran, Henderson has spent his entire career with the New Orleans Saints after being drafted in the second round in 2004.
He recorded 22 receptions for 316 yards and a touchdown in 15 games last season. Over the course of his 123-game career, Henderson has 245 receptions, 4,377 receptions, and 20 receiving touchdowns.
He is currently a free agent, and is not likely to be brought back by the Saints, so the 49ers could jump in and pursue him.
Without Crabtree, the 49ers offense is not nearly as potent. He caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards last season for nine touchdowns. It was surely a breakout year for Crabtree, who was poised for more success in 2013-2014.This could be an opportunity for other guys to step up. A.J. Jenkins barely saw any playing time last season despite being drafted in the first round. Fourth-round pick Quinton Patton in this year’s draft could step in and play a big role as a rookie.This injury makes the trade for Anquan Boldin look even better. Boldin was acquired from the Baltimore Ravens for just a sixth round pick, and has a lot left in him. He will most likely become the 49ers top receiving threat.Look for Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams to get more playing time as well, if they can recover from their injuries that sidelined them for the latter portion of last season.
If they really get desperate, however, the free agent market boasts some options. Aside from Henderson, veterans Randy Moss and Brandon Lloyd still remain unsigned.
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