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Jets deny tampering with WR Crabtree

The Jets denied Monday they’ve tampered with San Francisco 49ers unsigned rookie Michael Crabtree, a claim that was all but acknowledged by 49ers coach Mike Singletary.

When asked Monday if San Francisco had filed charges, Singletary said it’s a situation “the league is going to handle internally.” He didn’t elaborate or provide any details on the matter.

According to a Daily News story, the 49ers may believe the Jets contacted Crabtree's agent, Eugene Parker, to inform him they would be interested in trading for his rights or selecting in the 2010 draft if he decided to re-enter.

“We'll let the NFL figure that one out,” Rex Ryan said earlier Monday on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning.” “I think it’s ridiculous, personally, but again we’ll let the NFL figure that one out. . . I wish we were playing them.”

Crabtree, selected 10th overall out of Texas Tech in April’s draft, has been mired in a bitter contract dispute with the 49ers and has threatened to sit out the entire season.  The deadline for trading his rights to a team expired Aug. 14 and the 49ers have until Nov. 17 to sign Crabtree, otherwise he isn’t eligible to play in 2009. After March 1, the 49ers would be able to trade him to another team.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined comment, saying the league doesn’t comment on tampering reports.

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