By Gregory Moore
This is one of those lessons every boy in this country needs to watch with a serious eye.
Michael Crabtree, a heralded wide receiver in a system that isn’t known for producing NFL wide outs in the first round, is more interested in going to Austin this weekend to watch his Alma Mater play the Texas Longhorns than doing a walk through on Saturday in preparation for a home game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Crabtree would rather listen to a cousin who is about as bright as a 30 watt light bulb.
He wants to hear, “Man you’re the greatest since Jerry Rice for that team”.
He has an agent in Eugene Parker who is trying to parlay the hold out of his client as if he’s doing an “all in” move at a WPT poker game and he’s the short stack.
Collectively these three individuals have basically figured out that it is better to wait for a better deal rather than to sign one that could have been redone in a few years if Crabtree seriously was a better wide receiver than Darius Hayward-Bey, the #7 pick of the Oakland Raiders.
And while Bey continues to struggle, Crabtree continues to sit around in the Bay area, look for a live arm, and misses key time to learn the complicated offense that the 49ers have and to be a contributor to his team.
So while Crabtree and company continue to sit out, oh and celebrate the youngster’s 22nd birthday, the 49er organization is quickly letting him know how things are done in the NFL; continue to sit out and we start dropping $200k per week off our offer.
But you know where the 49ers are going wrong on this deal? They aren’t doubling the drop amount each week to make their point.
Let me put a different spin on this whole deal.
The 49er brain trust should reduce their expected offer by double every time the club wins a game.
If it’s a $200k reduction this week, if they beat Seattle on Sunday, it’s $400k.
And so on.
And so on.
The bottom line is that the more the 49ers, as a team, go out and win games without their potential playmaker, the more money Crabtree should lose as a guarantee amount.
Heck if his hold out gets to week six of this season, the 49ers should be talking about docking him a year off his contract and a reduced signing bonus.
The bottom line is that it is time for the 49ers to maybe start looking in a different direction and let the Red Raider be a bust in the draft.
Now some may argue that Crabtree is owed the big contract he wants.
In reality, no he’s not.
Crabtree hasn’t done anything in the league and his actions are far worse than that of what JeMarcus Russell did two seasons ago.
By the way, did you see how awful Russell looked the other night against San Diego?
Russell will be sharing a rest home apartment with Achille Smith soon enough and Crabtree will go down as a wide receiver bust the way that Peter Warrick and other went who thought they were all that before coming into the league.
The bad advice from both of Crabtree’s agent and his cousin is not only costing him valuable playing time and cash, but it is also sending a message to other teams that he will be difficult to deal with as both a player and employee when it comes to negotiating a future contract.
Crabtree’s immaturity is not only showing; it’s prevalent and that doesn’t bode well for him or his camp.
Will Crabtree finally realize that the four year old tantrum doesn’t help his couse and sign with the 49ers in a week or two?
But one thing is for certain.
Teams are going to become more tyrannical in their negotiations with draft picks and who can blame them?
Michael Crabtree can and its why he is about to be an unemployed college drop out.