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Larry Brown
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Larry Brown

Works as an update anchor and show host at Sporting News Radio and also writes and runs the sports site larrybrownsports.com.

Suck It Up, Michael

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At first I was on Michael Crabtree's side for holding out and trying to get the money he felt he was worth. Quarterbacks get paid more than their slot calls for, so why shouldn't a talented receiver like Crabtree get the money he feels he is owed even if it doesn't fit the slot, particularly when most people would agree the Raiders screwed up by drafting Hayward-Bey? But now we're at the point where the success of Michael's career is in jeopardy because of his monetary demands and that's a conflict you never want to have.

All the leverage Crabtree thought he had is now gone. He won't do himself any favors by missing an entire season of play because his skills will diminish with a year off and his draft stock will go down. Not to mention the fact that the 49ers are 2-0 and they have shown they don't need him as badly as they did before the season started. The longer he waits, the less money he'll receive from the club, the slower he will be to develop this season, and the more unhappy he'll be. He needs to suck things up, swallow his pride and monetary losses, sign the deal and get in there before it's too late. He needs to take over and stop letting his agent call the shots.

By Larry Brown  |  September 23, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  | Category:  Draft , NFL , New York Jets , San Francisco 49ers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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