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Crabtree contract screwing up the top ten?

NFL_crabtree.jpgA league source tells us that the attempt by agent Eugene Parker to bust the slotting system for receiver Michael Crabtree, the tenth overall pick in the draft, is contributing to the sssslow pace of contracts at the top of the draft.

Per the source, other agents are watching and waiting the Crabtree negotiations, curious as to whether Parker busts the formula.  (Mike Klis of the Denver Post made a similar observation earlier today.)

The reason is simple.  If Crabtree gets more than what he’s supposed to get at No. 10, then other players will try to get even more, based on the contract Crabtree actually gets at No. 10.

And this gets back to the reality that CAA and Athletes First represent, between them, 14 of 32 first-round picks.  Success by Crabtree would have a magnified impact for these two mega-agencies.

And so those two mega-agencies could be inclined to hold their guys out until Crabtree signs.

The only problem?  As we hear it, the Niners won’t flinch on this one.

Then again, it’s hard to believe much of anything that we hear when it comes to first-round contracts.

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33 Responses to “Crabtree contract screwing up the top ten?”
  1. empty13 says: Jul 27, 2009 7:01 PM

    yo singletary… time to pull yer pants down and make that fool diva hit the high c note again…

  2. Abe Froeman says: Jul 27, 2009 7:09 PM

    I happen to have no hard feelings towards the guy, but that picture of him makes me want to smack him.

  3. FumbleNuts says: Jul 27, 2009 7:15 PM

    The only problem? As we hear it, the Niners won’t flinch on this one.
    Crabfoot the “Diva” most likely won’t sign during the entire length of training camp.

  4. Akshun says: Jul 27, 2009 7:18 PM

    i think Crabtree will have a rough first couple seasons with all the over exposure he’s getting before even stepping into an NFL training camp.. people are putting waaaaay too much pressure on him and i dont see him exploding out in the NFL yet and i think it will hurt him mentally

  5. Blahman64 says: Jul 27, 2009 7:21 PM

    Heyward-Bey should not try to up more money than Crabtree. Even though he was picked at No. 7, c’mon, he’s shouldn’t have been a Top 15 draft pick at all, let alone in front of even Jeremy Maclin and possibly Percy Harvin.

  6. Stampede says: Jul 27, 2009 7:21 PM

    Dear everyone outside the Bay Area:
    The pants-dropping jokes are tired, have been done to death, and are no longer funny. Please shut the fu*k up and move on.
    Sincerely,
    Your Mom’s Best Friend ;)

  7. dunkingonuts says: Jul 27, 2009 7:22 PM

    The guy wants top 3 money….! Boy….Al Davis may come out looking pretty smart on this one….!

  8. RaiderMight says: Jul 27, 2009 7:41 PM

    Divas! All of theseWRs are nothing but Divas!
    And Mr. Crabs is the QUEEN of them!

  9. mrxhydro says: Jul 27, 2009 7:41 PM

    lol @ empty13

  10. PJW says: Jul 27, 2009 7:51 PM

    All the more reason for a rookie pay scale…get the damn agents out of first contracts.

  11. umcouldbe says: Jul 27, 2009 7:57 PM

    Crabtree is going out of his way to look like a horse’s ass. Go prove yourself first.

  12. TylerDurden says: Jul 27, 2009 8:01 PM

    Crabtree needs to hold out for as much guaranteed money as he can get….seeing as how he’ll only be around for about 2 seasons.

  13. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Jul 27, 2009 8:02 PM

    I thought the NFL was a copy cat league?
    Why is it, then they don’t copy the NBA’s sliding rookie wage scale?? Ever heard of an NBA rookie holding out??
    Come on NFL, get it done…

  14. Big Stretch says: Jul 27, 2009 8:21 PM

    Rookie Pay Scale

  15. JSpicoli says: Jul 27, 2009 8:24 PM

    I still think Mentos, ever since that comment a couple days ago about the pic. lol
    Dude is what he is, an unproven, overly paid (no matter what he gets) and arrogant WR. 99% of Rookie WR’s make ZERO impact their first year, and the niners are moving, but the only place that will have them is LA.
    I love it.

  16. Mullester says: Jul 27, 2009 8:33 PM

    Wow Raiders fans grasping for straws. You team was the laughing stock of the draft! I hope Al Davis never dies, by the way has DHB signed a contract or caught ball yet? Same answer for both, blaming Crabtree for on unfounded rumors as to why 28 others haven’t signed is pretty pathetic. Calling him a Diva for what? Bringing his family to the draft, Lame!

  17. empty13 says: Jul 27, 2009 8:47 PM

    looks like stampede doesnt practice what he/she/it preaches.

  18. Dibiase25 says: Jul 27, 2009 8:52 PM

    Mr. Texas Tech had over 200 rec, over 3,000 yards, and I believe 41 TDs in the Big 12 in 2 seasons.
    Despite the foot injury and the leverage the 49ers have with capable WR’s to play, Crabtree can play! Everybody knows he should of been selected earlier than 10th. Issac Bruce mentoring him….PAY HIM!
    Shaun Hill….do some curls in the weight room and throw ball down field!

  19. DaGMen07 says: Jul 27, 2009 9:00 PM

    I dont understand why any team would want to be one of the first’s to open camp. You know that the first round picks are going to holdout this year. Why not push back camp and give yourself more time to sign your rookies? Every day that a guy like Aaron Maybin misses just assures that he will be making very little impact this season. A team like the Giants or Colts, who start camp later, have a better chance of their rookies not missing any days. They have more time to wait for other first rounders to sign, which will lead to them signing their own guys. It boggles my mind that teams like Buffalo would start their camp so early this season.

  20. NinerNation says: Jul 27, 2009 9:05 PM

    Crabtree will really piss off San Francisco fans if he uses baseless arguments for holding out. Your first contract is based on where you were picked, he needs to shut his mouth, sign his contract, and get his ass in camp.

  21. Silver&Black666 says: Jul 27, 2009 9:20 PM

    Crabtree is soft and I am glad Al Davis did NOT pick him. You may be able to get away with that in college but you cant be soft in the NFL.
    Soft guys don’t do well is this league, remember Vince Young crying home to his momma and coach Fisher? I am expecting very similar things from Crytree. This guy is all about the money I am pretty sure he could care less about the game of football.

  22. Sparrowhawk says: Jul 27, 2009 9:31 PM

    There must be about nine teams that are very happy that they didn’t choose Crabtree.
    Remember when we didn’t have to register or log in again every time we tried to post to this site? Remember when our posts actually were loaded and visible in a timely manner? What a shame this has become.

  23. DcNinerFan says: Jul 27, 2009 10:08 PM

    I honestly am not that worried about Crabtree not signing in a timely manner. The 49ers organization knows, at least through this season, we have enough wide recievers to do at least decent job, with Morgon going to have a breakout year, Bruce putting up solid numbers, and Battle the ever reliable in the crunch, plus Gore catching a good number. They have so much leverage that Crabtree could hold out into the season and I wouldn’t worry. Unlike the Faiders and their now notoriously whiny, soon to be benched, throwing from his knees QB. Whats-his-name. Russel.

  24. rosencrantz says: Jul 27, 2009 10:34 PM

    It does look like Al knew what hewould be getting in Crabtree. Probably why he’s a 49er. Look for someone else in top ten to sign and break the freeze. Would you want someone else hurting your future by making you hold out. Someone will want to get in camp to compete and tell Crabtree and his agent to kiss their !!!!

  25. Darth Ringo says: Jul 27, 2009 10:35 PM

    I can’t get excited about rookie WRs anymore. Every single year there’s a guy coming out of college who is going to be the best since Jerry Rice, and there’s reams of hype about him, and then he gets drafted (high) and for the most part — nothing.
    Larry Fitzgerald is the only guy to pay that tab so far.

  26. slutnuts says: Jul 27, 2009 10:54 PM

    @dagmen07
    teams have to open camp this week. the bills play in the hof game which means they need their players ready to go the earliest. you really cant be suggesting to hold camps back, and risk injuring your veterans (because trying to play in the nfl-even preseason- when you’re not in shape will result in injury), for the sake of getting some unproven rookies signed and in camp.
    have to agree with earlier post that the mentos comment really sticks in the mind.

  27. nowathand says: Jul 27, 2009 11:15 PM

    Crabtree has no leverage with playing tapes of analysts on TV or scouts across the league who had him as a top 5 prospect. He could very well be Larry Fitzgerald/Calvin Johnson/Brandon Marshall dominant, but until you play an NFL down, you have shown them nothing. They had their corps in place before the draft, and I think Crabtree knows if he holds out and re-enters the draft, the diva stigma will be strengthened and the precedent of Mike Williams will cause him to fall farther and make even less money as a 3rd round pick in 2010. Kudos to Singletary.

  28. DaGMen07 says: Jul 28, 2009 1:09 AM

    @slutnuts….
    First off, I love the name.
    Understandable for the 2 teams that play in the HoF game. Whatever teams arent playing in that game, it makes tons of sense to push it back. From an organizational standpoint (GM’s, coaches) many of them are on the hot seat. These first and sometimes second round guys are brought in to be the final peice that pushes their teams in the playoffs. How they progress and produce throughout the year is scrutinized by the owners and media. Their development is critical to the teams achievements. If I were a Brad Childress or Jack Del Rio, I would want my guys to get in as quickly as possible. My job might just depend on it. Once again, unless your team is playing in the HoF game your veterans will have plenty of time to prepare without risk of injury.

  29. RaiderMight says: Jul 28, 2009 10:22 AM

    He’s caught more balls during the offseason than Crabs. All without any reports of his coach making him cry or acting like a diva.
    And what are you talking about grasping for straws? You whinner fans are just too sensitive to critisism. Grow a pair. Until DHB or Crabs produce on the field they are just going to be overpaid WRs, until them we get to critize them on what ever drama they cause their teams.
    The Raider fans are just as critical of DHB on the PFT posts. Or are you blind? Raider fans are not afraid to critize their own team. Maybe if we had Rainbow shaded glasses we could always see the world so rosey as you whinner fans. Get over yourselfs!
    ———-
    Mullester says:
    July 27, 2009 8:33 PM
    Wow Raiders fans grasping for straws. You team was the laughing stock of the draft! I hope Al Davis never dies, by the way has DHB signed a contract or caught ball yet? Same answer for both, blaming Crabtree for on unfounded rumors as to why 28 others haven’t signed is pretty pathetic. Calling him a Diva for what? Bringing his family to the draft, Lame!

  30. RaiderMight says: Jul 28, 2009 10:24 AM

    Btw: If you SF queens haven’t noticed, it’s not just the Raider fans saying these things. It’s other team’s fans. So again, grow a pair and stop blaming the Raider fans for your drama. :)

  31. RaiderMight says: Jul 28, 2009 10:29 AM

    You do know the passes where mostly short passes, right? His points came mostly with yards after the catch. That’s easier to obtain for an above average WR, but we’ll how he’s able to do that in the NFL where he is going against NFL quality players. Before you get on DHB, this is not meant as a comparisson to him, just a point. There is no point in debating how successful they will be before they play a season. Otherwise you will be making assumptions based on the 5-6 youtube videos you saw recently. :)
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    Dibiase25 says:
    July 27, 2009 8:52 PM
    Mr. Texas Tech had over 200 rec, over 3,000 yards, and I believe 41 TDs in the Big 12 in 2 seasons.
    Despite the foot injury and the leverage the 49ers have with capable WR’s to play, Crabtree can play! Everybody knows he should of been selected earlier than 10th. Issac Bruce mentoring him….PAY HIM!
    Shaun Hill….do some curls in the weight room and throw ball down field!

  32. whuteva says: Jul 28, 2009 10:58 AM

    I never understood why NFL front offices wait untile 1-2 weeks b4 camps open to start talking with 1st rounders. They should do all that is possible in like May to get those cats signed. That way, you avoid those little contracts that guarantee them for injury if they get hurt in the OTA’s. Owners just ain’t trying to come off that bonus money.

  33. Dibiase25 says: Jul 28, 2009 6:00 PM

    RaiderMight……..
    When Crabtree & DHB eventually sign, you know..like we ALL know…Crabtree will be more productive.
    When Crabtree’s career is over, the Raiders will sign him like they usually do all of our ex players. Will move forward as a franchise and of course the Raiders will move back. I personally like Al Davis :)

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