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Crabtree Playing Russian Roulette


Michael Crabtree is playing Russian Roulette. How many of us who spend our entire lives worrying about our jobs, our mortgages, and providing for our loved ones would not want a chance at earning what Crabtree could earn just by suiting up and sitting on the sidelines?

Crabtree needs to fire his current agent immediately, get down on his hands and knees, come crawling to the 49ers' front office and apologize admitting a mistake and ask if they can start over again. For a player that is only hurting his value and has lost the respect of fans and players everywhere, this is nonsense and Crabtree needs to sign and get himself into a 49ers uniform so he can start to prove his worth.

By David Hill  |  September 23, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  | Category:  San Francisco 49ers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Isn't a family member still serving as his "agent" and advisor, rather than an experienced agent? It's similar to all the high school basketball players being told by their coach how they're so great and will all be the next Michael Jordon, Jerry West, etc., because of how great they play against other high school players, frequently not having played far beyond their home city (their claim to basketball fame is frequently they're simply taller). In this case, everyone in Mr. Crabtree's camp has decided that he's as good as the stories about him said he was, and that because he "should have been drafted at" this level, he should be paid at that level, even though the people who ultimately made the decision didn't take him where the Crabtree supporters thought he should be taken.

What he's losing is credibility, game time, and game association. Even if he was to receive more money than his position justifies (by where he was taken in the draft), does anyone, including his supporters, think he can just show up and make an impact? That he will earn the money he's "losing" while being a hold-out by coming in, getting in shape, and then playing a short season?

To me, he's better signing now, even if it's not for what thinks he's worth (but for what apparently everyone else thinks he is), proving himself by letting his game speak for him, and then signing a new contract the next time for money he thinks he's worth. Or, if he doesn't think he's being paid what he's worth (because maybe, just maybe, he's not), find a different job that will pay whim what he's worth. Perhaps in his field that he got his degree in.

Posted by: Dungarees | September 23, 2009 4:46 PM

But on the plus side, he's making Al Davis look really really good for picking DHB instead of him.

Posted by: zenwick | September 24, 2009 12:06 PM


his agent is Eugene Parker.. superstar agent. represented Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith in the past. currently has Hines Ward, Larry Fitzgerald, Greg Jennings.

that said, next year will be worse for him if he sits out. the team drafting him will make him sign for what it offers or have him sit out another year and possibly enter in fixed rookie salaries in 2011.

sign already, established WR's don't get $20mm guaranteed.

Posted by: waitforit406 | September 25, 2009 1:31 PM

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