The team's 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Texas Tech, Crabtree is embracing the uncertainty as this largely forgettable season comes to a close Sunday at home against Arizona.
''I feel like the sky's the limit for me,'' Crabtree said in a rare interview Wednesday at his locker. ''I can't wait to see what's next, the next chapter in my career.''
The 27-year-old Crabtree is among several players on the offensive side to have down seasons for San Francisco (7-8), which will miss the playoffs and goes into the finale on a four-game losing streak - the first under fourth-year coach Jim Harbaugh, whose own future could be elsewhere.
When asked Wednesday if he wants to be back with the organization next season, Crabtree was vague.
''It depends, I don't even want to talk about it. It's like one of those things that's got to happen. I'm ready for whatever. I'm not going to talk about no contract,'' Crabtree said.
''I don't know how to feel. I'm ready for whatever. All I've been doing is talking about football and plays and how to win. I haven't talked about a contract, none of that.''
Tight end Vernon Davis, meanwhile, wants to stay put next season and well beyond, determined to make another run at a Super Bowl after this disappointing finish.
Running back Frank Gore would love that, crossing his fingers the front office will keep much of the roster intact heading toward 2015 in order to chase another Super Bowl. This group planned on winning a ring this year.
''That's why you play team sports, to be a champion,'' Gore said, ''and I want to be a champion. Hopefully all the key guys can be back. If all the key guys can be back, I think we've got a shot.''
Davis skipped the offseason sessions last spring and summer as he sought a long-term deal, but arrived on time for Day 1 of training camp in July and said he would no longer focus on his situation but commit to the team.
Now, he goes into the winter with one year remaining on his contract hoping San Francisco will reward him and keep much of its roster together.
''I think it would be fantastic. I love being here, I love the organization, I love everything about it,'' Davis said Wednesday. ''I like the owners. I just ask that everybody is fair to each other and we're all playing together, staying together. Just being a family, being one.''
General manager Trent Baalke said in late July that Davis is ''certainly one of those guys that deserves to be a 49er.''
The organization has given lengthy contract extensions in recent years to many of its core players on both sides of the ball.
Gore said Wednesday that Baalke spoke to him Monday in the weight room and expressed interest in re-signing the franchise's all-time rushing leader by saying, ''I want you to be a Niner next year.''
''I'm going to go out there on Sunday and play my behind off and try to get a win and end on good side,'' Gore said. ''My agent and the team will talk from there.''
Davis has had a quiet season a year after one of his best in the NFL. He has just 25 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns after matching his career best with 13 TD receptions in 2013.
''Everybody's numbers are down, Crabtree, Frank, myself,'' Davis said. ''We're all down. We've just got to figure it out.''
Another player they'd all like to see return for a 15th season is defensive end Justin Smith.
''If I come back, you know I've got to call him,'' Gore said. ''I'll call him probably every day in the offseason, because Justin can still play the game at a high level.''
NOTES: S Eric Reid is still in the evaluation stage of his protocol following a concussion Saturday against San Diego, the third in two seasons for the 2013 first-round pick. ... The 49ers announced their team awards, including the highest honor of the Len Eshmont Award to Gore, who noted: ''I'm happy how the team looks at me, I appreciate it. Next question.'' Bill Walsh Award: Antoine Bethea (voted by coaches); Bobb McKittrick Award: Joe Staley; Hazeltine Iron Man Award: Justin Smith; Thomas Herrion Mermorial Award: Chris Borland; Blue Collar Players of the Year: Justin Smith (defense), Anquan Boldin (offense), Kassim Osgood (special teams). ... Sitting out Wednesday's practice were G Alex Boone (knee), CB Perrish Cox (shoulder), RB Carlos Hyde (ankle), WR Steve Johnson (knee), C Marcus Martin (illness), Reid (concussion), DE Justin Smith (back), S Bubba Ventrone (groin).