The time has come for the 49ers to end the Michael Crabtree holdout by saying they will not over pay him more than what the number 10 slot in the draft usually gets and certainly nothing more than draft picks 1 through 9. It has been reported GM Scot McCloughan is holding the line by not overpaying him but I think publicly this needs to be said by McCloughan. The more pressure that is put on Crabtree the better. If he wants to be a Niner he needs to end his selfishness and get into training camp before it ends. Each day that he has held out means lost development which will be a lot harder when the regular season starts. We all know Crabtree’s threat of sitting out the year and reentering the draft in 2010 will not happen. All he has to do is see what happened to former USC star wide-out Mike Williams when he sat out for a year trying to enter the NFL draft before he was eligible. Like Williams, Crabtree’s threat will not work out to his advantage and here is why:
- The 49ers hold Crabtree’s rights up until the beginning of the 2010 draft. Basically this means Crabtree cannot work out for other teams before the draft if the 49ers do not give permission. If this situation is still going on come the 2010 draft, one my head might explode and two I doubt the 49ers would allow Crabtree to work out for other teams. His draft stock will definitely fall past number 10 and probably to the later rounds because he cannot workout for teams and show he is worth a draft pick after sitting out a full year. This is one of the reasons why Crabtree’s draft stock fell this year because he could not work out for teams due to a stress fracture in his foot.
- In order for Crabtree to make the money that he thinks he deserves he would have to be picked 7th or higher in next year’s draft. I am no college expert but I would think there are seven players that are worth the draft pick more than Crabtree especially at wide receiver.
- The Patriots selected Jerod Mayo with the 10th pick last year. Mayo signed a five-year $22 million deal with $16 million guaranteed. Crabtree is asking for five-years, $38.25 million deal including $23.5 million guaranteed which is what number 7th pick Darrius Heyward-Bey signed with the Raiders this year. The 9th pick in the draft this year, the Packers B.J. Raji, received just under $18 million guaranteed. I would think the 49ers will not offer Crabtree no more than that amount guaranteed. Plus with all of the rookie holdouts this year I would not be surprised if NFL owners and players install a rookie salary scale when they negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement before the 2010 draft. If that happens Crabtree would certainly lose money no matter where he is drafted.
- Other NFL teams are apprised of the Crabtree situation. If he did reenter the draft next year his draft stock alone would slip because teams will not want to negotiate a contract with a “prima donna” who sat out a year just to get the money he thinks he deserves. No team will take that chance.
What all of this comes down to his money. The 49ers will not overpay a receiver even if he threatens to sit out because they do not think he is worth that amount. Crabtree just wants to get paid and does not care about the team or his teammates. Crabtree and his agent Eugene Parker have to be aware of all the potential consequences if he sits out if this is really about money. Crabtree needs a new agent regardless but if he thinks he will make more money by sitting out the year he needs a new inner circle. Crabtree needs step up and rise above this situation he has caused to save face with the 49er Faithful.
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