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"Adviser" confirms that Crabtree is prepared to sit

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.

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  1. DarthPirate says: Aug 6, 2009 2:32 PM

    Guess what though. Bey is in camp, learning, improving, and making himself and the Raiders better. He’s proving Al Davis right on this pick.

  2. Dustin Chandler says: Aug 6, 2009 2:32 PM

    DUMB.

  3. TheVillain112 says: Aug 6, 2009 2:33 PM

    Cousin/Adviser?
    At least Master P isn’t his agent.

  4. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 6, 2009 2:33 PM

    Bringing spoiled, greedy DIVA sh!t like this into Samurai Mike’s house is like tap-dancing on landmines…it ain’t gonna last long.

  5. SixBurghDude says: Aug 6, 2009 2:35 PM

    “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.”
    No shit!
    What else is he gonna say when he’s no doubt in line for a big chunk of Crab’s change???

  6. RaiderChile says: Aug 6, 2009 2:35 PM

    Ha Ha Ha…Whiner fans thought the Raiders made a mistake with the 7th pick. I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy ended up with the Raiders in 2010 (The Year We Make Contact). I hope not. DIVA ALL THE WAY, THE BROWNS WERE RIGHT!!! I can here the gripes in SF from my Oakland home!

  7. So Cal Bengal says: Aug 6, 2009 2:36 PM

    I like when the ‘hangers-on’ say things like, ‘we are prepared to do it’… it’s not this douche bag’s career in the balance. I’ve seen Crabtree interviewed, if he’s not catching footballs for money his only other option is, ‘Would you like to Super Size that for 59 cents more?’

  8. norseman69 says: Aug 6, 2009 2:36 PM

    Let him sit….he’s just full of “bling” didn’t you see him at the draft with his family all gangster slicked up like Michael Jackson’s dad… (looked like plastic surgery and make-up to me) too fake and too much into himself..
    No wonder other teams passed on him he is a product of his environment; a self centered homy with average talent he couldn’t hack sitting out a year and I’ll guarantee that he does not…
    who does he think he is he is not bigger than the NFL///The 49ers need to stay pat on this one..

  9. DcNinerFan says: Aug 6, 2009 2:36 PM

    Lol, his cousin is his adviser? I take back everything I’ve said, this guy is an idiot, a douche, etc. etc. etc. If he is listening to his cousin, he deserves to become a warning to future players : Get your ass signed and playing, don’t listen to money grubbing leeches, you “posse” and evil agents.

  10. Lucky5927 says: Aug 6, 2009 2:38 PM

    WOW, Arrial truly is looking like an idiot for blasting Florio earlier. Good!

  11. pmarshall says: Aug 6, 2009 2:39 PM

    Every single year, there is at least one player who threatens to sit out until next year’s draft. And every single year, it never happens. This isn’t going to happen. Crabtree KNOWS it isn’t going to happen. His agent knows it, too. It’s all a ploy to get more money than he should. All it’s doing is making him look bad, making him miss valuable camp time, and making his teammates dislike him. Just shut up and get into camp. You’re already going to get more money than you will ever need.

  12. MarcusMac7 says: Aug 6, 2009 2:39 PM

    LMAO Al Davis crazy self looks like a genius here

  13. Boring Tuna says: Aug 6, 2009 2:42 PM

    What would this guy be doing without football? Social work? Youth counselor? $30 million guaranteed isn’t enough for him to entice him to play the game? Either play predominantly for love of the game or money and every team can now see where Crabtree head is. The anti-Jason Taylor.

  14. kyattorney says: Aug 6, 2009 2:44 PM

    I hope the Niners let him sit out for a year, let him re-enter the draft and then watch him try to sign for top money when he is taken at the bottom of the 1st round if not lower.
    Can’t get paid, if you don’t play!

  15. misterj says: Aug 6, 2009 2:46 PM

    I want to say this is an attempt at calling someone’s bluff but if Mr. Crabtree honestly did sit a year, his career will never go anywhere, that’s a fact. He has no facility to access for working out other than what he can scrap together on bum money. That is, the money that you and me share. He won’t be training on perfect equipment with several experienced professional trainers around to help keep him in shape. He … no really, what would he gain from it? The Niners should call his bluff.
    I thought it was just his agent being a moron, but for Crabtree to actually go along with it….? This is incredible. I am so sorry 49ers fans but if this guy refuses to play, you should just be glad. Yes, it was a waste of a pick, but this guy is a doofus for even considering this. It could have been worse.
    Of course, it still is nothing but speculation so far.

  16. RK says: Aug 6, 2009 2:49 PM

    Remember when the Browns were soundly mocked for passing on this guy because he’s a diva and trading down instead? Their pick is signed and looking pretty good at center. Meanwhile…

  17. ParkerFly says: Aug 6, 2009 2:49 PM

    DarthPirate, I wouldn’t go so far as to say he’s proving Davis right, but he’s sure not making him look worse.

  18. Professor says: Aug 6, 2009 2:49 PM

    This is all BS. The entire Crabtree team knows they’re on the loosing end of this battle. This is nothing more than a scare tactic.
    That piece of sh*t Eugene Parker is trying to make a name for himself and he’s using Crabtree to do it. Any other player with half a brain would not be letting Parker do this to their carreer. They deserve each other.

  19. norseman69 says: Aug 6, 2009 2:51 PM

    crabgrass should sit he should be cautious of the owners passing him up next year and even offering him less money…
    owners may not even want him with other soild WR’s coming out along with the 4 or 5 solid QB’s in next years draft mix that along with a couple solid DE, DT and OG he might end up 15th or 20th pick why would an owner pay him what he wants (earn it rookie)… call his bluff!

  20. ZN0rseman says: Aug 6, 2009 2:52 PM

    The 49ers should start offering him a new contract each day, the first being exactly fair market value for the 10th pick in the draft. Every day, each new contract gets $100,000.00 smaller than the previous one and he can’t go back. After just 10 days of that system, he’s lost a million dollars.
    That will either wake up Crabapple’s possie really quick, and get them to sign, or it will prove that Crabapple is an idiot who doesn’t deserve to be first round pick anyway.
    $0.02,
    –Z

  21. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Aug 6, 2009 2:52 PM

    BUST

  22. badknee says: Aug 6, 2009 2:54 PM

    Wouldn’t it be great if the NFL works out a contract with the NFLPA that includes a rookie cap (kind of like the NBA) & this greedy dud ends up nothing even close to what he would get this year.

  23. Zinn says: Aug 6, 2009 2:55 PM

    As terrible as Bey has looked so far in camp makes me think that Crabtree is right and should be paid more than Bey.
    Like Crabtree or hate him its a pretty gutsy high risk move that could cost him a lot of money. If he sits out he will never make back that one year of lost salary. He must hope that either the niners will cave or trade him. But with both sides drawing lines in the sand and Crabtree taking it public it makes it much harder for the Niners to give in.
    Yes the Niners appear to have gotten a deal having Crabtree still on the board at 10th but they are also learning now why Crabtree was still on the board at 10.

  24. Arrial says: Aug 6, 2009 2:59 PM

    Lucky5927 says:
    August 6, 2009 2:38 PM
    WOW, Arrial truly is looking like an idiot for blasting Florio earlier. Good!
    ——
    Blast continued. Florio didn’t even name the source. He had to go to an outside resource to get the “source”. That source is his COUSIN? Clearly that guy is more credible a source then the 49ers front office or Crabtree’s agent. Don’t tell me that
    Which feeds my point that one story can get over exposed without facts or a rational thought.
    Keep buying in.

  25. EdReed4prez says: Aug 6, 2009 3:00 PM

    Ozzie should call up singleterry, gotta be cheaper than anquan or Marshall.

  26. Kaz says: Aug 6, 2009 3:00 PM

    Crab makes Al look smart. Pretty hard to do. Even makes Cleveland’s comments seem true. Amazing how these agents ruin the rep of their clients before they even step on the football field.

  27. Mark0226 says: Aug 6, 2009 3:00 PM

    The adviser needs to talk to Mike Williams to see how well sitting out a year without football improved his chances the following year.

  28. madM100 says: Aug 6, 2009 3:01 PM

    4 years ago latrell sprewell turned down a 3 year 21 million deal with the t-wolves because he “had to feed his family”…he is now bankrupt and having everything repo’d. think about it before you have to change your name to crumbtree

  29. JuicyMelon says: Aug 6, 2009 3:03 PM

    If you are so good Crabtree why don’t you sign the contract and go out and prove you are worth the money? No matter how much they are offering, it will be better than Percy Harvin’s contract. No diss on his contract, Harvin was just drafted later/Which is how it works.
    Badknee,
    I agree with the cap and that would be very funny if he didn’t get as much as he would’ve gotten this year.

  30. Mastro says: Aug 6, 2009 3:04 PM

    Hah! His cousin is his advisor??? I knew their had to be some brilliant mastermind behind this whole plan. And the fact Crabtree’s agent is allowing “his client” listen to his advisor (moron cousin) doesnt say much at all about the agent.
    Crabtree would have been picked higher in this year’s Fantasy drafts than he’s going to be picked in next year’s NFL draft. I hope he gets black balled and never plays in the league.

  31. Soylent Green says: Aug 6, 2009 3:05 PM

    It’ll also be that much longer until he gets to his second contract. I thought the idea was to shorten the time between your first contract and your second contract.

  32. bdinphoenix says: Aug 6, 2009 3:08 PM

    I like his cousin saying “we are prepared to do it” as though the cousin was going to run the laps, lift the weights, or do anything other than have his hand out. Actually Crabtree comes across as a young man who does not really wish to play and I don’t think he is physically or mentally tough enough to last with Mike Singletary.

  33. jeremyb91 says: Aug 6, 2009 3:10 PM

    First off I think it’s a stupid move, especially because he thinks he should be getting paid more than someone picked 3 slots ahead of him (DHB).
    Sitting out a year wasn’t good for Mike Williams and he was drafted number 10 overall.
    Money is the most important thing to Crabtree and unfortunately money is going to ruin his career if he sits out a full season.

  34. alewatcher says: Aug 6, 2009 3:11 PM

    # badknee says: August 6, 2009 2:54 PM
    Wouldn’t it be great if the NFL works out a contract with the NFLPA that includes a rookie cap (kind of like the NBA) & this greedy dud ends up nothing even close to what he would get this year.
    —————
    That would be sweet. I’ll keep the popcorn close by, this should be fun to watch. I really hope the 49ers stick to their guns and let this little douche sit out the year.
    Move over, Reggie Bush and Vince Young, the new King of Bust is here!
    ——————-
    Will you guys please fix the friggin’ login? I’ve posted like five comments today, no problem, and suddenly I have to log out and back in to post. This is getting irritating.

  35. gatorbaitnow says: Aug 6, 2009 3:14 PM

    Everyone thought the Raiders were stupid for picking Bey over Crabtree, it looks to be the right move.

  36. Wiscdave says: Aug 6, 2009 3:17 PM

    Call his bluff. Cuz, that’s all it is.

  37. shake&bake says: Aug 6, 2009 3:21 PM

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha !
    Sincerely
    Al Davis.

  38. The Rural Juror says: Aug 6, 2009 3:24 PM

    “Michael was one of the best players in the draft and he just wants to be paid like one of the best players.”
    The 49ers gm should just say, “Well, that’s just, like your opinion, man.”

  39. nvh65 says: Aug 6, 2009 3:26 PM

    He ain’t better than DHB or anyone else in the rookie pool till he proves himself. What he’s proving at the moment ain’t doing him any favours.
    d i v a !

  40. chipwade says: Aug 6, 2009 3:27 PM

    So much for Crabtree not being a “diva”. :/

  41. fikedemon says: Aug 6, 2009 3:32 PM

    Some of you people are the dumbest sheep I’ve ever seen. Your bashing this guy because supposedly his cousin said that Crabtree is going to hold out for the season. HIS COUSIN!!!! I wont believe squat until I hear it from Crabtree, the 49ers or Parker. Matter of fact Parker has already said that this report is false. IDIOTS!!!

  42. RaiderMight says: Aug 6, 2009 3:33 PM

    “We are prepared to do it,” Wells said.
    LOL.. I love how he used “We”.

  43. fikedemon says: Aug 6, 2009 3:33 PM

    Oh and also yes the Raiders are complete tools for picking DHB because from all te camp reports he cant even catch the swine flu.

  44. fikedemon says: Aug 6, 2009 3:37 PM

    You people are idiots. This report is bogus. You guys are getting all worked up because his Cousin said they’re willing to hold out the year. Not from Crabtree, Not from Parker, Nothing from the 49ers either. How gullable are you people. Parker has already responded and claimed this report was false. Oh and yes the Raiders are complete tools for picking DHB. From what I’ve heard he cant catch for $h*t

  45. fellasheowed says: Aug 6, 2009 3:38 PM

    much like florio embraces the espn reporting he likes while poo-pooing the reporting he doesn’t.
    not to be critical.
    i mean why not just ignore the cousin-advisors of the world? why pass along capricious statements from tangential parties at all? why not get a direct quote or something similar?
    heck florio, why not track down the muff he chased in lubbock to see if he has made them any promises or commitments? i’m sure if the cousin-advisor had started with you, the advisor part would be mentioned, the cousin part, not so much.

  46. veistran says: Aug 6, 2009 3:53 PM

    More like Bey is in camp, doing his best Troy Williamson impression. Silly ass faders fans acting like they got the next Jerry Rice.

  47. longrodvanhungendong says: Aug 6, 2009 3:53 PM

    I think Coach Singletary is commenting as madM100! I bet Crabtree has already spent $100,000 of money he hasn’t even made yet. He will sign……..

  48. BrenstonBuckner says: Aug 6, 2009 3:59 PM

    What a douchebag..Hopefully he’ll be tandem parasaling soon when not driving around his black Escalade..

  49. DcNinerFan says: Aug 6, 2009 3:59 PM

    I just wonder if Crabtree realizes how much alienation he is causing amongst a) 49ers fans, b) other teams GM’s, and c) NFL fans in general. Just a thought there, guy.

  50. Westminster Ravens says: Aug 6, 2009 4:00 PM

    Quit your Whining. There are Americans who are losing their jobs and their HOMES everyday and YOU have the audacity to cry that you want MORE!!!!! No doubt you are an awesome receiver BUT you are a human being Mr. Crabtree there is not a big S emblazened upon your chest. I really hope there is not a team in the NFL who would take you on this year or next year because of your whining ” I am not getting what I want” WAH WAH Try doing that trick in the private sector, I am sure your boss will be more than happy to oblige. Maybe you should go back to school and THIS time NO athletics how about getting an education!!!! BONEHEAD!!!!!!!

  51. patsSB44champs says: Aug 6, 2009 4:04 PM

    These rookies who hold out are complete babies. They haven’t played a down in the NFL and they want immediate Eli/Peyton/Brady money.
    To me, it’s criminal that agents allow these players to hold out and in some cases set back their careers. The way I see it, if the players perform on the field, the money will take care of itself.
    The league needs to have a rookie pay scale in the next CBA like the NBA does. And rookie deals should not be more than two or three years, which should be ample time for a player to develop while giving them a chance at a big payday early in their careers.

  52. ParkerFly says: Aug 6, 2009 4:05 PM

    Arrial you’re an idiot, no one names their sources. Welcome to Earth. And besides, ESPN is the one who talked to his relative. I’m sure you hate ESPN too, but fact it, you’re right, them and Florio are right.

  53. RFM says: Aug 6, 2009 4:12 PM

    As a little side note: Eugene Parker is also JaMarcus Russell’s agent and he didn’t get signed until a couple weeks into the regular season.
    Any surprise that Davis passed on Craptree?! If I remember correctly DHB got a good bit more than the #7 pick in last year’s draft. You don’t think…? Nah, he’s too senile and old school to be so devious as to dish out just a little bit more to DHB to make the Raiders look better and the Niners like fools.
    Bravo, Al!!

  54. bwisnasky says: Aug 6, 2009 4:15 PM

    “As terrible as Bey has looked so far in camp makes me think that Crabtree is right and should be paid more than Bey.”
    Actually, Bey had a rough start but had a 14 for 16 day yesterday, with the two drops not being his fault but the QB’s… and other than that, he’s looked pretty much like a normal rookie WR that has too much pressure on him. Regardless of whether Craptree does pan out as a true NFL receiver, he did not want to play for the Raiders… at that point the Raiders still needed a WR… maybe DHB was a stretch since he was projected to go around 17 instead of 7th.. but for need, the Raiders got what the wanted… a player that even if he catches only 50% of what is thrown to him, still has the speed to stretch the field and bring the safety along with him… which opens up the middle for McFadden, Bush and Miller.. even if he does drop every other ball, teams will still have to respect his speed and that he may just catch the next one….

  55. VonClausewitz says: Aug 6, 2009 4:17 PM

    This is actually pretty fascinating. It wasn’t that long ago (eg. the draft, the PA vote) when rookie salary structure was the debate du jour. There were more than a few voices that blamed the league for collusion on this item. Yes, you read that correctly. Collusion. Meaning it was in their best interests to maintain the current system. Shocking I know.
    And, to paraphrase Harry Dunne, just when you think they can’t get any stupider the league goes and does something like this – and totally redeems itself. To all those league insiders collectively expressing shock at the actions of Mr. Crabtree’s agent I would like to personally thank you for showing us that collusion is in fact alive and well in the league. Bravo men. Bravo.
    Also Florio. You need to fix the login/registration stuff.

  56. SirSuperSouthern says: Aug 6, 2009 4:18 PM

    Writing off a first round pick isn’t quite as bad as it sounds. Just look at the Patriots – they drafted out of the first round last year and few teams trade up into the top ten any more. If Crabtree wants to sit – let him. How did sitting out a year work out for Maurice Clarret and that other bust whose name I can’t even remember?
    I get the feeling Crabtree’s ego is so overinflated that he honestly just doesn’t grasp the seriousness of this situation – its like, because its HIM, it’ll all just work out in the end. Boy, is he about to learn an EXPENSIVE lesson!

  57. Kane says: Aug 6, 2009 4:23 PM

    Last I heard, Crabtree slid to #10 because teams thought his attitude was a problem. He’s quickly proving them right. So if he really sat out the year, he’d inevitably be picked *lower*, not higher. Add in the full year of missed service and he’s guaranteed to lose $millions by sitting.
    His agent knows this perfectly well. It’s all a farce, just hot air and posturing. He’s not sitting out.
    The best way to maximize his earnings would have been to sign a fair contract, show up on time, and wow everybody — thus setting himself up for lucrative endorsement deals. What 49ers fan wants to see Crabtree’s smiling face in an advertisement now? They’d probably pin it to a dartboard.

  58. Raiders757 says: Aug 6, 2009 4:28 PM

    @ Zinn
    Contrary to what you may have read from the mainstream biased media, DHB has not looked “terrible” in camp thus far. Not that he is without his faults, but he has done just as well as any other rookie WR, if not better. The difference is, when the other guys drop balls, it’s not reported on, because they play on teams that nobody gives a damn about. DHB has caught far more than he’s dropped and it’s time people like you stop being sheep, and look beyond the same old sources for your NFL news.
    DHB has a high learning curve, but he’s doing everything he can to become the player he was picked to be. That includes staying after practice. You can ask much more from the guy. He’s giving more than 100%.

  59. Darth Ringo says: Aug 6, 2009 4:46 PM

    Remember what happened when Mike Williams was out for a year (as others have said)..
    Heck, at the time Williams was touted as a mix of Jerry Rice and God. Now he’s not even playing as far as I know.
    This would wreck Crabby’s career, no question. If he’s that obsessed with the money I hope he goes through with it and becomes nothing more than a trivia question.

  60. 909RaiderLifer says: Aug 6, 2009 5:18 PM

    Crabcake will have to sign, if he wishes to pursue his “hobby” of fashion.
    Can’t buy $5k suits, flipping burgers at Mickey D’s.

  61. INVAIDUH says: Aug 6, 2009 5:30 PM

    @Raiders757.
    Thanks. You saved me a lot of writing.

  62. Fan_Of_ Four says: Aug 6, 2009 5:33 PM

    Why the hell would the owners put up with this sh!t ? The NFL needs a rookie salary cap to end this BS.http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/logout/

  63. ruben831 says: Aug 6, 2009 5:34 PM

    HAHAHAHA
    Being a raider fan this makes this better and better everyday how all the niner fans were throwing it in my face of how stupid we were for letting this great player go by!!!! Who’s the ones laughing now, and we as raider fans know DHB aint gonna catch all the balls at practice but he was brought in more to stretch the field and give other players the opportunity to make plays and every now and again get a him a play or two… For all those Raider Haters out there obviously everyone is gonna criticize DHB he was the only top receiver in the top ten and a Raider might have a little something to do with it too, anyway in the last two practices he’s picked it up and gone 27 for 30 in catches, which shows you what that he may have had a rough start… Obviously people are gonna write about him when he’s having a rough time catching that was his thing when he was coming out of college so all the writers make themselves looking good for calling it… but aint no writer gonna write about him goin 27 for 30 in the last couple of days anways… RAIDER NATION 09 AFC WEST CHAMPIONS BABY!!!!!

  64. ruben831 says: Aug 6, 2009 5:35 PM

    HAHAHAHA
    Being a raider fan this makes this better and better everyday how all the niner fans were throwing it in my face of how stupid we were for letting this great player go by!!!! Who’s the ones laughing now, and we as raider fans know DHB aint gonna catch all the balls at practice but he was brought in more to stretch the field and give other players the opportunity to make plays and every now and again get a him a play or two… For all those Raider Haters out there obviously everyone is gonna criticize DHB he was the only top receiver in the top ten and a Raider might have a little something to do with it too, anyway in the last two practices he’s picked it up and gone 27 for 30 in catches, which shows you what that he may have had a rough start… Obviously people are gonna write about him when he’s having a rough time catching that was his thing when he was coming out of college so all the writers make themselves looking good for calling it… but aint no writer gonna write about him goin 27 for 30 in the last couple of days anways… RAIDER NATION 09 AFC WEST CHAMPIONS BABY!!!!!

  65. Mr Awesome says: Aug 6, 2009 5:41 PM

    Hey could the 49ers trade him/his rights off now while they are still worth something… maybe for a 2nd and 3rd next year? Can they do that – Seems like they just drafted T.O’s younger more diva’ish brother.

  66. embrya2k says: Aug 6, 2009 6:41 PM

    You guys on this board are some of the most comical characters on the internet. I find it amazing that this same sort of hysteria wasn’t generated when Eli Manning REFUSED to play for the Chargers in 2004 if they chose to draft him….
    However, when a young black male decides to pull a similar move, so-called fans of the sport are quick to deride and even lambaste his decision. Talk about double-standards!
    The NFL is a business, period! And in a free market, each individual has a RIGHT to demand the compensation they feel entitled to.
    How difficult is it to understand such a simple concept that we abide by on a daily basis when we accept the annual salaries we feel we have rightfully earned based on our individual perceptions of our market value and experience?
    I seriously challenge anyone on this board to accept a job at the local foodmarket when they’ve proven they are fully capable of working at an executive level position. How is Crabtree’s situation drastically different?
    He’s Black! And anytime a young talented and opinionated Black male in any sport speaks his mind and expects fair compensation for his skills, he’s automatically labeled selfish……Wow!
    Was Eli called a Diva for his similar decision a few years ago? Probably not, because he’s a white quarterback.

  67. empty13 says: Aug 6, 2009 7:52 PM

    except we all figured a least eli would demonstrate a certain level of performance. (and the nyg had something to offer san dee. i dont see anyone making trade offers for crabgrass. who the @#$% needs a young and unproven T.O. wanna-be?)
    dunno that about crabbypatty. way too many wideouts, highly drafted ones, turn out pretty ordinary or worse. yup theyre virtually all black. we noticed. maybe they should groom someone else in college and draft someone else at the pro level. that welker kid seems to be pretty good. goes over the middle and doesnt drop much, unlike most other wideouts.
    i agree with ZN. start reducing the offer on the table. not daily but maybe twice a week come down half a mil. if the hotshot can make more $ doing something else outside the nfl, let him go do that.
    he can become a free agent the day of the 2010 draft. uncapped too! unfloored too! assuming anyone would bother.

  68. VoxVeritas says: Aug 6, 2009 9:35 PM

    “that welker kid seems to be pretty good. goes over the middle and doesnt drop much, unlike most other wideouts.”
    It only took him three years to catch on (and Randy Moss on the other side).

  69. empty13 says: Aug 6, 2009 9:41 PM

    no he was always just fine. but people like that get penciled in at TE, LB, maybe FB, special teams specialist.
    eat shit vox. there is a template in place re players pigment and you know it. there is no way in hell 85% of the nation doesnt produce people good enough to compete with what is steered into the nfl, physically and mentally.
    6-44*

  70. Bengalsfannbaltimore says: Aug 6, 2009 11:13 PM

    embrya2k :
    You are in idiot. People said alot about Eli Manning when he acted like a little baby just like Crabtree is doing now. I hate how people always throw the race card in there. But you were to busy using the race card to actually look up facts about what happened in the past. Grow up.
    People dont like Crab tree because he is acting like he has been an all star for years that deserves it. Shut up and play!!!
    NFL NEEDS A ROOKIE CAP.

  71. nvh65 says: Aug 7, 2009 12:32 AM

    Sorry embrya2k but there is no way this is a race issue – it would be naive to claim some of the comments don’t characterise elements of Crabtree’s behaviour as portaying a stereotype that contains a racial element but you undermine yourself make a sweeping claim that he’s ‘proved’ anything.
    The wider issue of rookies claiming vast money for what they did previously in a different context is real and ongoing. Whatever his talent level really is he’s the number 10 pick, he can turn out to be better than guys picked above him and worse than guys picked after him – duh.
    Pick a ranking of players at a certain position – does it track to their respective draft positions?
    The draft is a lottery – he can’t rewrite history to change the fact he got picked 10th – which puts his negotiations within a bracket that’s lower than a guy picked above him. It’s accepted that draft stock is not simply a stats comparison and what he or anyone thinks of the 7th pick is largely irrelevant. Unless maturity and ability to face facts is a racial issue then colour has nothing to do with it.

  72. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Aug 7, 2009 1:08 PM

    Why do these rookies think they set their OWN market value? “In my opinion, I am better than DHB at #7, so I should get top five pay.” I wouldn’t even try to work this out with this total douche. The 9ers should call his agent and say “Thanks for playing.” Even if he calls them up and says he’s had a change of heart, tell this sack licker to it’s too late, you proved what you’re worth, and it’s nothing. Peace.
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, if the 9ers told this child to get lost, how many other rookies would EVER try this shi!t again with them?

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