We reported earlier today that agent Eugene Parker has advised the 49ers that receiver Michael Crabtree is willing to sit out the entire 2009 season, due to a lingering dispute regarding the contract to be given to the tenth overall pick in the draft.
Coincidentally (or, you know, not) Joe Schad of ESPN.com reports that David Wells, Crabtree’s cousin and adviser, has confirmed that, indeed, Crabtree is willing to sit.
“We are prepared to do it,” Wells said. “Michael just wants fair-market value. They took him with the 10th pick and you have Darrius Heyward-Bey getting $38 million? This week is crucial. Michael was one of the best
players in the draft and he just wants to be paid like one of the best
players. This week is very crucial.”
Though Cris Carter might get a chuckle out of the slap at DHB, the reality is that the Crabtree was the tenth overall pick, and that’s how he fairly should be paid.
Meanwhile, John Clayton and Len Pasquarelli of ESPN are pooh-poohing the notion — with virtually identical talking points — that Parker has suggested that Crabtree will sit out. (So, basically, they embrace the aspects of a PFT report that they like, and they reserve the right to ignore the rest of it.)
Finally, and as we’ve pointed out, if Crabtree sits out, he won’t be able to work out for or talk to any other teams in the days and weeks preceding the 2010 draft, since the 49ers holds Crabtree’s rights until the day of the draft.