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Michael Crabtree visiting Dolphins; Could a one-year prove it deal be the right answer?

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The Miami Dolphins are hosting free agent wide receiver Michael Crabtree today.

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The Miami Dolphins are looking at a young, unproven wide receiver corps right now, headlined by Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry, and Rishard Matthews. The team could use a veteran wide out to bring together the group, and it appears that may be close to happening based on the following tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Crabtree was the first round draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers in 2009, being selected with the tenth overall pick. In six seasons with the 49ers, he has recorded 347 receptions for 4,327 yards and 26 touchdowns.

According to a Pro Football Talk report on Tuesday, there has been "little or no market" for Crabtree up to this point in free agency. That could work to Miami's favor, as there could be no one to bid up the asking price on Crabtree, meaning the Dolphins could get a veteran wide out relatively cheaply for 2015.

The Dolphins have made a point over the past couple of seasons of signing veteran players to one- or two-year "prove it" deals, with the possibility of re-signing them if the level of play warrants it. The best example for Miami was cornerback Brent Grimes, who turned a one-year prove it contract into two straight Pro Bowl appearances with the Dolphins. A similar deal for Crabtree could make sense as Miami looks to fill their wide receiver group.