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Jason Maloni
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Jason Maloni

Senior Vice President with
Levick Strategic Communications
and Chair of the firm's Sports & Entertainment Practice.

Grow Up, Crabtree

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At this point, it's hard to imagine a more disappointing 2009 prospect than Michael Crabtree. Turn down close to $20 million guaranteed and you will not make any friends - especially when you are 22-years-young and unproven in the NFL.

Still, Crabtree's age is important. He is young and impressionable. He has myriad of advisors orbiting around him and is looking at contract numbers that are hard for anyone to wrap their mind around. He has a chance to redeem himself with the league and its fans, but he is down by seven with two minutes left on the clock.

First things first, Crabtree should fire his agent Eugene Parker. In situations like this, that have spun out of control, the gods demand a sacrifice and Crabtree can make a big statement with this decisive move. He needs a clean slate and retaining a new agent will facilitate that narrative.

Next, Crabtree's new agent needs to negotiate the best one-year deal he can with San Francisco. This way, Crabtree can demonstrate what he can do and renegotiate next season.
Even though we are facing a lockout in 2011, holding out a year won't do him any good. According to one source, if Crabtree were to re-enter the draft next year, he would have to make $24 million over the life of a five year deal to make up for the pro-rated $4 million he would have lost sitting out this season. The scenario is unlikely at best.

It is time for Michael Crabtree to take control of his future. A number of people are personally connected to his career but it is up to Crabtree to figure out what's best for Crabtree.

It is time to act like a professional. Crabtree should swallow his pride, overhaul his management and start doing all he can for Mike Singletary and Shaun Hill.

By Jason Maloni  |  September 23, 2009; 2:10 AM ET  | Category:  Draft , Fans , Free Agency , Jason Maloni , 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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What is Crabtree living on now, besides his ego?

He fires Parker, Parker talks about their relationship, Crabtree's college will get sanctioned.

He's riding this train all the way to Hell

Posted by: Anadromous2 | September 23, 2009 10:11 AM

Everyone keeps bringing up the "uncapped" year. Roger Goodell told Chris Eisen not to worry about it, a new CBA will be in-place prior to next year. Get on-board guys. This issue is dead and nonapplicable to the Crabtree blogs.

Also, if the tampering charge involves Crabtree or his agents knowledge just think of those ramifications. It isn't just the Jets who have something to worry about. However, if Crabtree does sign a contract and provides the incriminating evidence to the Niners it will go a long ways toward total forgiveness.

Posted by: chuckhoadley | September 23, 2009 6:13 PM

Everyone keeps bringing up the "uncapped" year. Roger Goodell told Chris Eisen not to worry about it, a new CBA will be in-place prior to next year. Get on-board guys. This issue is dead and nonapplicable to the Crabtree blogs.

Also, if the tampering charge involves Crabtree or his agent's knowledge just think of those ramifications. It isn't just the Jets who have something to worry about. However, if Crabtree does sign a contract and provides the incriminating evidence to the Niners it will go a long ways toward total forgiveness.

Posted by: chuckhoadley | September 23, 2009 6:14 PM

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