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Veteran WR Michael Crabtree to visit Dolphins

Michael Crabtree, the veteran WR for San Francisco, is scheduled to visit the Dolphins soon, according to a NFL source.

Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, a free agent, is set to visit the Miami Dolphins, according to an NFL source.

In the meantime the Dolphins are entering Day Two of their five-day window to match the five-year, $38 million offer sheet tight end Charles Clay signed with Buffalo and there's been no indication yet they'll attempt to lure Clay back.

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If the Dolphins lose Clay, who hold the team's transition player tag, which guarantees him a $7 million salary for 2015, they're not entitled to any compensation in return.

And they'd be left with a tight end duo of newly-signed Jordan Cameron (24 receptions, 424 yards, two touchdowns in 2014) and third-year player Dion Sims, who had 24 receptions for 284 yards and two touchdowns last season.

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Crabtree, 27, a six-year veteran who was the 10th pick of the 2009 draft, is hoping to regain the form he had in the first four years of his career when he had 260 receptions for 3,345 yards and 21 touchdowns.

He could also offer a steadying hand to a young Dolphins wide receiver corps.

But health raises a bit of a red flag. Crabtree has had two surgeries on his left foot since 2009, and had surgery to repair a torn right Achilles tendon in May 2013.

In the last two years he's totaled 87 receptions for 982 yards and five touchdowns, including having 68 receptions for 698 yards and four touchdowns last season.

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ProFootballFocus.com had Crabtree with 10 dropped passes last season, tied for fifth-most in the league.

During Crabtree's most productive years he was among the NFL's best third-down receivers. He had career bests of 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012, when the 49ers lost to Baltimore in the Super Bowl.

For the Dolphins, Crabtree could be a physical presence as well as someone who excels in yards after catch (YAC).

The Dolphins have shed veteran wide receivers Mike Wallace (traded to Minnesota), Brian Hartline (released/signed with Cleveland) and Brandon Gibson (released/signed with New England) during the offseason.

The Dolphins' wide receivers are currently led by Jarvis Landry, who had 84 receptions for 758 yards and five touchdowns last season as a rookie, and second-year player Kenny Stills, who had 63 receptions for 931 yards and three touchdowns last season. Returnee Rishard Matthews (12 receptions, 135 yards and two touchdowns last season) could also figure into the wide receivers mix.

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