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Mixed signals from Camp Crabtree

OK, this is getting weird.

In response to reports that 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree is considering sitting out the 2009 season and re-entering the draft (the whole thing got going right here), agent Eugene Parker tells Calvin Watkins of FanHouse that Crabtree has no such plans.

No comments have been made to ESPN or anyone else,” Parker told FanHouse.

But that’s a load of crap, on its face.  Crabtree’s cousin and adviser, David Wells, told ESPN’s Joe Schad that the player is prepared to skip what would be his rookie year, and try again.

The team also is now downplaying the notion that Crabtree’s representatives have suggested a season-long holdout. 

Based on everything we’ve seen and heard, we firmly believe that the threat has been made, and that the team and the agent are now trying their damnedest to reel in the rhetoric, for fear of ultimately finding themselves in a very high stakes game of chicken.

Here’s the simple reality.  We reported that the threat had been made.  Then, Joe Schad of ESPN.com chased down David Wells, who confirmed the threat and repeated it.  So Parker and/or the team can now tell anyone they want that the threat wasn’t made, but the timeline on this one convinces us that it was.

Bottom line?  If the threat wasn’t made, it’s one hell of a freaking coincidence that David Wells said what he said to Schad only a couple of hours after news of the threat first emerged here.

Meanwhile, we’re now officially hoping that Crabtree sits out for the 2009 season, since Peter King has promised to change his name to Derek Jeter if that comes to pass.

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27 Responses to “Mixed signals from Camp Crabtree”
  1. smittydvd says: Aug 6, 2009 5:44 PM

    The big game of chicken has begun. As a 49er fan, I hope the kid wakes up and signs. I realize he’s young, but he’s listening to the WRONG people. Be a wealthy man with character or a poor unhappy has been.

  2. Mr Awesome says: Aug 6, 2009 5:44 PM

    Can the 49ers still trade this guy while he is still worth something? Does anyone know the answer to that?

  3. mickp says: Aug 6, 2009 5:51 PM

    Dumbasses.

  4. Stampede says: Aug 6, 2009 5:51 PM

    Florio: Do you like your hater-aid shaken, or stirred?
    Why are the friend/advisor’s words gospel versus what the actual agent says?
    Those left-coast Niners, man I tell ya, I’m not feelin’ the love.

  5. JBell76 says: Aug 6, 2009 5:53 PM

    Mike Florio is single handedly the worst part of PFT. He finds such passion in hating on anything that can be portrayed as negative on a player. Im SURE it was his idea to start the “days without an arrest” feature.

  6. realityonetwo says: Aug 6, 2009 5:53 PM

    I’ve never looked forward to a meaningless preseason game as much as this Sunday so we can ignore this story, Vick, Favre and all the other BS for at least three hours.

  7. DcNinerFan says: Aug 6, 2009 6:01 PM

    So basically, just like normal, the media has made a cluster f*** out of the whole thing. So, instead of waiting to hear directly from him or his agent, you lot listened to his damn cousin. Nice!

  8. DcNinerFan says: Aug 6, 2009 6:05 PM

    I have to wonder if the guy that got the quote from Crabtree’s “adviser” didn’t bring up the possibility in the first place, and then just got the answer, and took things way out of context. Its like leading a witness in a trial. Sheesh. There really should be a requirement for a license to work in the media, and uphold principals and such. One screwed up reporter with a grudge can do more damage to a person’s reputation than they themselves. And I’ll admit I bought into it at first as well.

  9. Karl says: Aug 6, 2009 6:07 PM

    It’s on Yahoo Sports now, too…picking up steam

  10. alewatcher says: Aug 6, 2009 6:08 PM

    # smittydvd says: August 6, 2009 5:44 PM
    The big game of chicken has begun. As a 49er fan, I hope the kid wakes up and signs. I realize he’s young, but he’s listening to the WRONG people. Be a wealthy man with character or a poor unhappy has been.
    ——————-
    Or, more likely, a wealthy never-was.

  11. FumbleNuts says: Aug 6, 2009 6:11 PM

    I believe that the threat might be real. Maybe Crabfoot can try again next year.

  12. houskat says: Aug 6, 2009 6:14 PM

    I’am a Saints fan but would love to see Crabtree have rookie breakout kinda year.
    Hell show us the money!

  13. JBell76 says: Aug 6, 2009 6:17 PM

    Exactly. And Florio always condemns ESPN for that kind of reporting. Also, people love to say “Get in camp, the real money is in the second contract anyway.” Well, while Mike was in law school, he failed to learn that the avg player in the NFL has a career of about 4 yrs. Mike Crabtree has been in “Football school” his whole life. If he were to rip his knee apart in training camp, his whole life line is down the tubes. It is in his best interest to get the max out of this contract. Unless you are in that situation Mike, relax on the hate.

  14. december says: Aug 6, 2009 6:18 PM

    Crabtree best be getting a new agent. They’re trying to bluff with his money and they’re gonna lose.

  15. shake&bake says: Aug 6, 2009 6:35 PM

    What kind of dumb ass hires his cousin as an advisor anyway? And what kind of dumb ass drafts the dumb ass that hired his dumb ass cousin as an advisor? Im starting to see a trend here.

  16. nineyours says: Aug 6, 2009 6:39 PM

    Ok. Let’s look at this rationally: Crabtree may not understand his best financial interest, but his agent wants his cut too.
    Let’s say the niners offered $20 million guaranteed over 5 years vs. the $23.5 Heyward-Bey got (and Crabtree wants for 5 yrs.
    Would you turn down $20 and sit out a year and not get paid (nor his agent)? That is a loss of $4 million in the first year. Then you have to go to the draft, and just to break even with the Niners current offer (hypothetically $20 million) you would have to make $24 million. The only way to get that kind of paper is to be top 7 or 8.
    But do you really think any team is going to draft Crabtree in the Top 10 after sitting out a year and after this unprecedented BS? Not a chance.
    Niners fans I tell you this; If Crabtree is so dumb enough to holdout, do you really want him on the team making top dollar?

  17. Voyager6 says: Aug 6, 2009 6:45 PM

    Well, Crabtree can sit with Andre Smith. I am begining to believe the Bengals don’t want Smith due to the agent change and want to “teach him a lesson”.

  18. screaming sheep says: Aug 6, 2009 6:55 PM

    JBell76 didn’t take his medicine today did he. If you don’t like Florio, go to ESPN.com and see what you get. And yes the “Days without an arrest” meter is his, as is almost all of the site since he started it.
    Been coming here since Terry Bradshaw died, and haven’t looked anywhere else since. Best content on the web, but if you want a refund, I’m sure he will send you one.

  19. empty13 says: Aug 6, 2009 7:26 PM

    cry diva cry
    the niners can also say that they will blow chunks with or without crabbypatty
    cheaper without him

  20. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Aug 6, 2009 7:50 PM

    hE’LL blow his knee out in his first game.

  21. SpartaChris says: Aug 6, 2009 7:50 PM

    JBell76 says:
    August 6, 2009 5:53 PM
    Mike Florio is single handedly the worst part of PFT. He finds such passion in hating on anything that can be portrayed as negative on a player. Im SURE it was his idea to start the “days without an arrest” feature.
    ==================================
    I’ve you’ve spent more than 5 minutes here, you’d hear Florio tell you how he hates all teams equally. To date he’s done a great job of going after the assholes as they appear, regardless of team affiliation.

  22. empty13 says: Aug 6, 2009 8:07 PM

    king should just change his last name. then he can be peter jeter. or just drop the j.

  23. SpartaChris says: Aug 6, 2009 8:09 PM

    houskat says:
    August 6, 2009 6:14 PM
    I’am a Saints fan but would love to see Crabtree have rookie breakout kinda year.
    Hell show us the money!
    ==================================
    Who is “us?” Are you somehow getting a cut off his contract? I mean, he doesn’t play for your stated favorite team, so you have no benefit there, so please explain exactly who “us” is again?

  24. Zox says: Aug 6, 2009 8:36 PM

    Crabtree feels like a bust waiting to happen. Take the money you “screw in your foot” fool.

  25. empty13 says: Aug 6, 2009 8:37 PM

    hell the whole gist of these camp crabbypatty posts is that someone started acting tough with the old ball club. the niners crossed their arms and told them “fine. play it your way. the meeting is over. we have a football team to run. with or without you.”
    then camp crabbypatty’s puckerfactor went skyrocketing!
    this team isnt really going to challenge for the division, ESPECIALLY if they cave to this moron. he slipped in the draft cause he’s a fookin screwball.

  26. snakeman40 says: Aug 6, 2009 9:39 PM

    I now hear crickets chirping from the media members who were all over the Browns for stating they would not draft him because of his ‘diva’ act. Whoo-hoo! For once the Browns made the right draft call!!!

  27. touchdowntrabo says: Aug 7, 2009 3:02 AM

    I don’t really know how “diva” this is. Talk to me about situps in the driveway, nail polish, or some flamo activity and i’ll hear diva.
    fool is just being a greedy bastard.
    gotta do what you gotta do.

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