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Source: Parker tells Niners that Crabtree will re-enter draft

The situation in San Francisco between the 49ers and receiver Michael Crabtree is quickly going from bad to worse.

Per a league source, agent Eugene Parker is telling the 49ers that Crabtree will sit out the season and re-enter the draft in 2010, unless the team gives Crabtree what he wants.

Of course, what Crabtree specifically wants isn’t known, since Parker (as multiple sources tell us) still hasn’t made a proposal.

There’s also a growing chorus of league insiders who are speaking out against the widely-believed effort by Parker to blow up the slotting process with Crabtree.  Teams obviously would contend that the unwritten rules of draft-pick negotiation ritual should be honored; however, some of the agents who arguably would benefit from the introduction of chaos privately have described efforts to blow the curve as “inappropriate” and “unacceptable” and “wrong.”

And if Crabtree opts to re-enter the draft next year, the current thinking is that he wouldn’t be the first receiver drafted.  For now, the guy who is regarded as likely to be the first wideout (and possibly the first overall pick) is Illinois junior Arrelious Benn.

Then again, if Crabtree is picked any higher than No. 10 after having a chance to engage in pre-draft workouts, he’d likely end up with more money than the slotting process currently would pay.

After, of course, waiting a year to get it.

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193 Responses to “Source: Parker tells Niners that Crabtree will re-enter draft”
  1. Jpgedds says: Aug 6, 2009 12:05 PM

    The NFL needs to adopt the NBA rookie structure. It’s ludicrous to have such demands when you haven’t even played a down.

  2. descendency says: Aug 6, 2009 12:06 PM

    That would be epic stupid.

  3. jj730 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:06 PM

    Question, could Crabtree go to the UFL for a year and then re-renter the draft? However, I don’t believe for one second Crabtree will re-enter the draft in 2010, but I wonder what his options are.

  4. ZN0rseman says: Aug 6, 2009 12:07 PM

    Fine, let the bastard sit there and rot.
    The only loser in that whole deal will be Crabtree himself because after this, what team in their right mind would waste a top 20 pick on his sorry prima dona arse?
    $0.02,
    –Z

  5. CtownBleedsGreen says: Aug 6, 2009 12:08 PM

    Unreal. Put ‘em in a bag and beat them with hammers.

  6. TheVillain112 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:08 PM

    No one, even Crabtree is stupid enough to sit out a year.
    I call BS.

  7. KILLER FIN says: Aug 6, 2009 12:08 PM

    this nonsense has got to stop!!! no way an unproven rookie should be worth what some get!!! most are busts anyway!!! there needs to be cap RIGHT NOW!!! I’d let him walk, & then see if he could get a better deal next year making no $$ this year!!! FIX IT GOODELL, STOP WASTING NFL $$!!!

  8. PSU COWBOY says: Aug 6, 2009 12:08 PM

    Trade him to DALLAS!!! haha… only in my wildest dreams.

  9. evilboy128 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:08 PM

    sounds like crabtree wants into the uncapped year feeding frenzy in next years draft

  10. Citizen Strange says: Aug 6, 2009 12:08 PM

    Can’t Singletary just pull down his pants and make this a done deal?

  11. stevemcguigan says: Aug 6, 2009 12:09 PM

    This is absurd. Let him re-enter the draft and get less money. There is no way he’s going to spend a year out of football and get drafted any higher than he already was.
    Slimy agents and young, dumb, greedy players are a combination the league and the franchises should not be willing to accomodate.

  12. topcide says: Aug 6, 2009 12:09 PM

    that agent should be banned from negotiating contracts in the NFL. If I was the niners i’d tell him to pound sand and call his bluff.
    lets see how he likes not getting millions this year, then watching crabtree take a tumble down the draft that will make brady quinn’s look like nothing since no team will want to deal with mini T.O.

  13. Big Stretch says: Aug 6, 2009 12:09 PM

    As a Bills fan I am happy to see a reciever take the D-Bad title to new heights.
    F you Crabtree good luck when you get picked on the third day in next year’s draft, which will happen now that the owners are aware of what a D-Bag you are. If you don’t think it will happen ask Bo Jackson about it.

  14. BossHog says: Aug 6, 2009 12:09 PM

    Karma would be for him to sit out and during the off-season have the union agree to a rookie salary cap similar to the NBA but at greatly reduced salaries for first rounders.
    One can dream right

  15. mustbechris says: Aug 6, 2009 12:11 PM

    Or, he’ll drop out of the 1st round all together because his agent is a scumbag and he’s been sitting around for a full season doing nothing.

  16. Tr3pidation says: Aug 6, 2009 12:11 PM

    Because when Bo Jackson reentered the draft he went from a 1st round pick to a 7th, does he not realize how much money he could lose and how much he’ll look like a guy who doesn’t care about football, only the money?
    Also, I also think it probably has to do with the fact that Mike Singletary went all drill sergeant on him and made him cry, and also the niners not having a solid qb to get him the ball, being a receiver it’s not an exciting place to want to play. Especially with Jimmy Raye going to want to run the ball every down..

  17. shake&bake says: Aug 6, 2009 12:11 PM

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ! this is great ! couldn’t happen to a better guy and a more annoying fanbase! Ha ha ha ha ! Probably to good to be true but we will see. Go Niners ! Ha ha ha ha .

  18. Bigbluefan says: Aug 6, 2009 12:12 PM

    Call his bluff
    This is another case of one person thinking he is bigger then the game
    Let him go get a job as a Gym Teacher and see what that pays

  19. bigjoey46us says: Aug 6, 2009 12:12 PM

    Or teams would be smart and let him fall to the third or fourth round, kind of like black list him for being such a douche. Didn’t Cleveland say they passed on him for being a “diva” or something to that effect? Way to shed that label.

  20. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 6, 2009 12:12 PM

    You can do that, after you’ve been picked?
    IS there a precedent? What’s the upshot for the team that picked you originally?
    Please explain.
    One final question:
    Has your arrelious benn hurting?
    Mine too.

  21. TheVillain112 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:12 PM

    Although if he does re-enter the draft, at least now he’ll have enough time to pick his suit.

  22. TheDPR says: Aug 6, 2009 12:13 PM

    Going a year without work doesn’t net you more money over the course of your career. Crabtree should fire Parker.

  23. EShine says: Aug 6, 2009 12:13 PM

    While a different situation, going a year without football did wonders for Mike Williams. Sounds like a great career move for Crabtree.

  24. empty13 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:13 PM

    he wont earn any $ at all for the 09 season then
    moron

  25. DeVoodoo says: Aug 6, 2009 12:13 PM

    What about the possibility that no team will draft Crabtree in the 1st round next year regardless of a great workout based on the fear that they’ll waste a pick just like the Niners did on a guy who is a complete pain in the ass who won ‘t sign?

  26. RossyRoss says: Aug 6, 2009 12:14 PM

    Wow this Crabtree idiot is a piece of work. Maybe he should get a real/regular job?

  27. Kaz says: Aug 6, 2009 12:14 PM

    Let him sit. I think it is time for teams to start calling their bluffs.

  28. Pea Tear Griffin says: Aug 6, 2009 12:16 PM

    That is ridiculous.
    And to think, he left college early for this. Mike Leech is shitting himself right now. He had TWO years of eligibility left.

  29. Jackson says: Aug 6, 2009 12:16 PM

    he needs to fire his agent. there is NO WAY he can sit out a whole year and a team will spend anything higher than a 10th pick on him. this is DUMB. he will lose money if he waits until next year.
    WOW

  30. Silverdog says: Aug 6, 2009 12:16 PM

    Even if he were to get drafted higher than 10 next year which is very doubtful, he would still be forfeiting an entire year of salary that he could have had, not to mention a year of experience. He would not be able to make that up. Even if he has top 10 talent, no one would draft him that high again and have to deal with him and his agent again at that level. Top 10 talent with a 10 cent brain. Let him be a lesson to all the other young players who haven’t played a down in the NFL, and think they are hot stuff. What a jerk.

  31. BuffaloChipsAhoy says: Aug 6, 2009 12:17 PM

    This is a stupid decision if true. He MAY negotiate a better deal next year, but he will lose 1 year of earnings, not just defer 1 year of earnings since WRs (or any position player) can’t play indefintely.

  32. Big ben Rapistburger says: Aug 6, 2009 12:17 PM

    What a fool! He is going to pass up TOP 10 money this year, in order to “cash in” on top 30 money next year?????? When he is a year away from football, a year older, etc, etc….

  33. watchthisjack says: Aug 6, 2009 12:18 PM

    If he sits a year, he won’t go nearly as high next. First, the league has an extremely short memory so if you aren’t on t.v., forget it.
    Second there will be lots of questions regarding his having been out of football for a year.
    Third, he completely boned the team who took him 10th this year. What in God’s name makes you think he’ll be reasonale next year, especially when he is pissed that he slipped to the third round.
    On a completely unrelated note, anyone read where DHB caught 14 of 16 balls thrown his way? Much of his work coming against some guy named Nnamdi.

  34. alewatcher says: Aug 6, 2009 12:18 PM

    This scorched earth tactic Parker is using may wind up being the thing that finally forces a rookie wage scale. The current system is broken, but not as broken as total anarchy, which is what Parker apparently is after.
    I wonder how Crabtree feels about waiting another year for his money?
    Also, I think teams are going to remember this next year, and not be quite so high on a proven diva. It would serve him and his agent right.

  35. raiders177 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:19 PM

    This poor kid is getting terrible advice. He could potentially lose millions.

  36. hrmlss says: Aug 6, 2009 12:19 PM

    Parker is a blowhard douche, and Crabtree is a clueless, mindless drone. Go luck with this you idiots. I don’t care one way or another about the 49′s, but the league could nip this in th bud by giving teams a draft pick in the same round the next year (like a compensatory pick) if a player says they are gonna pull this stuff. Then the team is covered, and can say, “ok see ya next year” and move on. That said, this is a ploy and he’ll sign, eventually. (No way he goes a year without pay) I’d love to see the first practice when Crab shows up and Samauri Mike makes him cry again. PLus this could blow up in a big way for Crabby. If a new CBA gets done, and a rookie pay scale gets done, rather that a 20 million dollar deal, he could go 1st and get paid 4 million for a 4 year deal total. Wonder if he could sue Parker for the difference, for malpractice.

  37. DFWTMILLAW says: Aug 6, 2009 12:19 PM

    Michael “I’m not a diva!” Crabtree

  38. Jmajik18 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:19 PM

    Funny how Texas Tech’s Mike Leach swore up and down that Crabtree wasn’t a prima donna amidst reports out of Pittsburg to the contrary…

  39. hizzle1281 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:20 PM

    what a dumass this crabtree kid is. i mean you dont run the 40. you have ankle surgery. your the 10th overall pick and want to be paid like the 1st overall pick. now your gonna “re-enter” the draft. if he does that i guarentee he doesnt get drafted

  40. Idle Hands says: Aug 6, 2009 12:20 PM

    I hope he does wait until next year’s draft. And I hope teams look at this act in disgust and pass on him in next year’s, at least out of the first round. Then that would really be a bite in his ass that he’ll have to accept less money being a 2nd round pick. Let’s see his douche bag agent try to convince a team that he deserves 1st round money then!

  41. Krow says: Aug 6, 2009 12:20 PM

    Yeah. Crabs is going to bag groceries for a year instead of making those NFL millions. Right. I believe him. These guys really should stop saying things that make them look stupid.

  42. Common Sense says: Aug 6, 2009 12:21 PM

    This guy is a TURD!!! Looks like the Raiders made the right move in passing on this diva.

  43. Airborne Hawk Guy says: Aug 6, 2009 12:21 PM

    Bigger douchebag: Crabtree or Parker? Discuss.

  44. ero52 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:21 PM

    Surely this can’t be true? After this, and the year out, does he honestly expect to be taken further up the draft next year??
    I’d also be tempted to say that, as well as Benn, Dez Byrant is better.

  45. EdR says: Aug 6, 2009 12:23 PM

    Get your ass into camp!

  46. bobinpuertorico says: Aug 6, 2009 12:23 PM

    If Crabtree stays out for the year and then re-enters the draft next year, there is a good chance that he will not be drafted in the first round. First, next year’s draft class should be much deeper than the last draft. Second, he will not have played in over a year. Third, by skipping the season, he will have proven that he is a greedy jerk.

  47. crookedsteve says: Aug 6, 2009 12:24 PM

    God I hope the eagles don’t get him next year

  48. rsa says: Aug 6, 2009 12:24 PM

    Of course, he could slide even lower next year. Teams KNOW he’ll be a pain to sign. And probably a pain after signing…

  49. gameday says: Aug 6, 2009 12:24 PM

    He wont be a top ten pick next year. Teams will remember the crap he and his agent pulled.

  50. lespaul89 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:24 PM

    Goddamn! Crab tree should STFU and play. This is rediculous. Not even 1 down in the NFL.
    Singletary should persuede him.. some how using his bare buttocks as incentive..
    goodluck 9ers with this baby…

  51. Dustin Chandler says: Aug 6, 2009 12:24 PM

    what a f*cking idiot.
    just be happy that you’re even in the NFL. and you had the honor be in the Draft… let alone the 10th pick.
    jesus christ.

  52. Scott D. says: Aug 6, 2009 12:25 PM

    Is it the agent or the player? Didn’t Crabtree start to get a bad rap about being a diva prior to the draft? What guarantees that him sitting out a year means that anyone will want to deal with him and this nonsense again next year?

  53. DFWTMILLAW says: Aug 6, 2009 12:25 PM

    It would serve him right if he did sit out a year, reenter the draft and there is a lockout season or a rookie salary cap!

  54. CaptainFantastik says: Aug 6, 2009 12:25 PM

    What a POS. Go ahead and sit out the year Crabtree and see where it gets you in the end. While everyone else is playing football, getting better, getting hyped, and drawing paychecks (at least at the pro level)…………you’ll be stagnating and turning into the next Maurice Clarrett. Fire that agent and get a clue while you still have a chance to save your career. You’re not as good as you think you are.

  55. SpartaChris says: Aug 6, 2009 12:26 PM

    Michael Crabtree is synonymous for douche bag.
    I hope this backfires on him and he gets picked in a late round. Attitude and actions speaks volumes, and right now his attitude is piss poor.
    Michael, if you or someone you know happens to read this, realize your worth is ultimately determined on the field, not before taking a snap in the league.

  56. Foust says: Aug 6, 2009 12:26 PM

    . . . and Heyward-Bey completes yet another day of practice . . . . just sayin’ . . . .

  57. Chad says: Aug 6, 2009 12:27 PM

    The Raiders are looking smarter by the second for not drafting Crabtree. But who is to say he wouldn’t have just signed with the money he’d have gotten by being 7th.

  58. Jmajik18 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:27 PM

    Funny how Texas Tech’s Mike Leach swore up and down that Crabtree was not a diva amidst reports out of the Cleveland to the contrary…

  59. happyz82 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:27 PM

    What a joke. No way anyone drafts him that high with a year layoff. Look how the kids from USC who sat out turned out.

  60. AmhaTek says: Aug 6, 2009 12:27 PM

    I dont know if the NFL would jump on him if he’s a year removed from playing ball, not even college ball. He’s not Bo Jackson, and he went what in the 7th round 2nd time around. I think Crabtree is grossly overestimating his value. Its not like this guys had an amzing showing leading up to the draft, in fact he had none. And not playing ball for a year is not going to help his case. He just doesn’t strike me as a guy who has the discipline to stay in the right shape and mind set to be ready for football a year later, pro football at that. Remember what happend to Clarret and Williams, if I remember correctly they sat out for a year too. Different reason for doing so but the result, in my opinion, wont be to far off. Not to mention that I never though of him as that good to begin with. Hard to say how talented he is until he plays in the pro’s. I’m not impressed by stats produced in spread O system, so thats my basis for questioning his ability. Big Mistake in my opinion no matter how you dice it up.

  61. misterj says: Aug 6, 2009 12:28 PM

    If Crabtree had any sense, he’d know to fire this guy for seriously considering that option.

  62. supermex says: Aug 6, 2009 12:28 PM

    I have never been a fan of ‘the unwritten rules of draft-pick negotiation ritual ‘ If a player has “leverage” on the team that drafted him, he should attempt to get what he wants, although there is no guarantee that he will of course get what he wants. The team drafting him should know which way the leverage is scale is tipping. Here’s a thought…..trade his rights.

  63. Insomniac says: Aug 6, 2009 12:28 PM

    And if a new CBA with rookie salaries pre-determined is negotiated, he’ll really be SOL.

  64. manginiwithcheese says: Aug 6, 2009 12:29 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA…
    …and people laughed just a few months ago when the Browns were turned off by Crabtree’s “diva” attitude.
    Seriously, where does he think he’ll go next year? Most likely, nobody is going to want to burn a top-10 pick on a guy who hasn’t played in a year and a half. Mike Williams is still a fresh memory to many GM’s. Just sign with SF.

  65. EdReed4prez says: Aug 6, 2009 12:30 PM

    Could the niners trade his rights away to a team who will pay him?
    Do they get a compensation pick next year or are they SOL?

  66. jkuhn3597 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:31 PM

    Ok I have 2 questions and they may be stupid but I am willing to take shit for it because I am curious.
    1. Has anyone ever re-entered the draft?
    2. Assuming that Crabtree does re-enter the draft, which I don’t think he will, would he able to play another year of college since he is not a senior?

  67. DreamsOfKosar says: Aug 6, 2009 12:31 PM

    Yup, Mangini and the Browns were dead wrong, he’s not at all a diva.

  68. Arrial says: Aug 6, 2009 12:31 PM

    Mike Florio….
    You fail again. Who is this “league source” or at least, what affiliation does this source have with the 49ers or Crabtree’s agent?
    Why would a “league” source be commenting on contract negotiations between the 49ers and Crabtree?
    NBC should seriously consider firing you for your unjustified fabrications.

  69. zygi milf says: Aug 6, 2009 12:32 PM

    I’l love it if he sat out the season and didn’t get picked until the 2nd round in 2010.
    I love these primadonna rookies expecting the world when they’ve never played one down of professional football. It’s time for a rookie wage scale.

  70. Falcon in NE says: Aug 6, 2009 12:32 PM

    Hey, it worked for JD Drew…

  71. gameday says: Aug 6, 2009 12:33 PM

    The NFL should change the rules to prevent this from happening in the future.
    If a team cant sign their draft pick, then they still hold his rights for 2-3 years. This would prevent this sort of “hostage for ransom” Parker is pulling, and it would give the team the ability to stick it back to the player, or negotiate a trade for his rights.

  72. kennybania says: Aug 6, 2009 12:33 PM

    would the 49ers receive compensation, i.e. another pick?

  73. windsordude says: Aug 6, 2009 12:33 PM

    This has to be a negotiation tactic. Has Parker looked at the list of great college players that crapped out in the pros after sitting out a year (Clarett and WR Mike Williams)?

  74. DCViking says: Aug 6, 2009 12:33 PM

    He should definitely sit out until next year — look at how well it worked for Mike Williams and Mo Clarett to sit out a year.
    Though, at this point, if he would ever play for the Niners, Singletary would just pummel him in practice.

  75. Yak says: Aug 6, 2009 12:36 PM

    Is it just me, or is it when the agent says that the client says no, that it is actually the agent saying no w/o telling the client anything????
    If this isn’t reason enough to make a wage scale for rookies (like the NBA does and it works perfectly), then I don’t know what is.
    I would like to know how much the rookies even know when the whole process starts. I have a feeling the fans/media blames the wrong person in this whole clusterf*ck!!! I bet it is the agent that should be blamed 95% of the time, the team 4% of the time and the player 1% of the time!!

  76. Gweez says: Aug 6, 2009 12:37 PM

    Parker said to Crabtree, “What could possibly go wrong?” I hope Parker is going to give Crabtree a job in the mean time. This worked out fine for Mike Williams.

  77. Truthbluth says: Aug 6, 2009 12:38 PM

    Let him go.
    How many will players will Parker sign if the 49ers cave? How many will he sign if they don’t?
    Big gamble. Mr. Parker obviously thinks that he is bigger than the game. He ruined what had previously been a very good relationship between the Bills and Jason Peters, and now he’s trying to screw with the draft process. He needs to be taught a lesson.

  78. chazman1975 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:38 PM

    This makes no sense when an agent thinks a player should be paid as if he was picked higher. You get paid according to where you WERE picked. What a can of worms this would open. Every player could say the should have been picked higher. Crabtree is getting terrible advice here. If he sits out there is no guarantee he will be picked higher after sitting out a full year. He will be a year further away from FA, which is usually when players make the most money, on their second contract. And what happens if a new CBA is negotiated and picks get slotted and paid a certain amount of money. Owners are pushing for this and so are many of the players. What if he ends up with half of what he would have gotten and is a year further from FA, then what would the agent say. He is opening himself up to litigation by giving this type of advice. An agents job is to get the player a fair contract and get them doing what they do best, and that is play football. Crabtree is already falling behind by missing camp. Bottom line is: you get paid according to where you were picked not where Mel Kiper says you should have been picked.

  79. NinerNation says: Aug 6, 2009 12:40 PM

    I know that he’s trying to panic the Niners, but if he doesn’t sign for the #10 spot money…today, I hope the Niners tell him to go to hell, and let him re-enter the draft.
    Arrial–You’re an idiot…when you ‘out’ a source, guess what they no longer become? Go back to your playset.

  80. Truthbluth says: Aug 6, 2009 12:41 PM

    @jkuhn3597
    1. Yes, at least one. Bo Jackson didn’t sign with TB, reentered the draft and went from 1st round pick to 7th round gamble by Oakland.
    2. No, but he’d be able to play CFL or AFL.

  81. Kidekk says: Aug 6, 2009 12:41 PM

    So, people on this board are insulting a guy for making a life decision that has no effect on their lives whatsoever? Funny. “Michael Crabtree is an idiot because if I were in his shoes…” Guess what? You’re not in his shoes, and if you were in his shoes, you would have been drafted by the San Fran 49ers at 10. Instead, you’re on this board, like me, commenting about.

  82. Football Fan says: Aug 6, 2009 12:41 PM

    Crabtree denied being a prima donna and now he does this? What a tool! I say the NFL should just not sign him at all and let him see if he can find a job he likes better for more money for a few years!

  83. madbillsfan says: Aug 6, 2009 12:42 PM

    This is the same crap Parker tried to pull on Buffalo with Jason Peters…..what a loser….I cant negotiate so I’ll pout until i get what i want. C U Next Tuesday….

  84. Nam Huynh says: Aug 6, 2009 12:43 PM

    If I were the 49ers, I call their bluff. The niners aren’t winning the Superbowl this year, and they are still establishing an identity. Crabtree will not sit out a year. He and his agent will eventually cave in and look dumb.

  85. Lucky5927 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:43 PM

    Dude, needs a reality check. First of all, a new rookie wage scale will be in place. So say goodbye to the Matt Stafford type deals. And then the farther down the draft, the less money a player makes. Next, just ask Maurice Clarette how beneficial taking a year off from football is in making an impact in the NFL. This kid should be thankful he was drafted in the top 10 without working out. What a douche bag he is, for allowing his agent to keep him out of camp.
    Finally, not that DHB is going to be great, but maybe the Raiders were onto something. I know, I know… Scary Thought!

  86. Arrial says: Aug 6, 2009 12:45 PM

    A lot of you here are a bunch of gullable idiots.
    You are already calling for Crabtree’s head because this site owner likes to make sh*t up.
    Of all the major sports sites on the internet, not one has even hinted at or referenced this story.
    Mike Florio, you should consider reporting on celebrities at this point. Because you have ZERO credibility reporting anything sports related.

  87. rsh22 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:46 PM

    Remember when Cleveland reportedly wasn’t going to draft Crabtree becuase he showed up for his workout with a diva attitude.
    Everyone here lambasted the Browns saying Crabtree was nothing of the sort. I guess the new Browns regime knew what they were talking about after all.

  88. Big Rog says: Aug 6, 2009 12:50 PM

    I am telling you that this has “Prime Time” Deion Sanders name written all over it. Deion was advising before he got an agent and Eugene Parker is Deion’s agent. Like Florio said he could get more next year but he will NEVER make up the money from this year if he sits out.

  89. The Movie Whore says: Aug 6, 2009 12:50 PM

    This is blatant douchebaggery.
    If this kid is going to let his agent do this instead of getting a deal done and playing football then the kid can sit and get drafted in the second or third round next year. You know like how the Raiders got Bo Jackson for a steal. Only he did not picked up til the 7th.
    Crabtree can kiss any big deal goodbye if he sits for a year.

  90. KingJoe! says: Aug 6, 2009 12:50 PM

    I guess all those DIVA reports were true. What a douche! Hope he goes the way of Troy Williamson. If he re-enters next year, he will drop to 15-20 range. In addition, the league and PA may by that institute a NBA style first round slotting pay scale.

  91. rsh22 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:51 PM

    Bo Jackson was drafted #1 overall and sat out a year because the Bucs wouldn’t pay him enough. He was drafted in the 7th round the next year but his situation is a bit different. He wanted to play for the Royals until their season ended and then join whatever team drafted him. That’s why he slipped so far.

  92. madM100 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:52 PM

    if this is true which i doubt Eugene Parker is the worst agent in the world and crabtree should fire him

  93. Provance1 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:52 PM

    There are no guarantees Crabbytree that you will get drafted in the top 10 next year and make more than what the 49er’s are offering NOW. Perhaps your agent should advise you, or educate himself on the “net present value” of money….especially since it is guaranteed TODAY.
    If this moron sits out this year, I hope he falls in next years draft down to the middle / end of round 1.

  94. RogerSucks says: Aug 6, 2009 12:53 PM

    Hey Craptree…. People are losing there jobs in these tough times and are struggling to get by. I’m sure a ton of fans will stand behind you, Craptree, as you quibble over how much you get. 15 million or 20 million guarenteed…decisions, decisions.
    Looks like the Raiders picked the right guy! That guy being anyone but Craptree.
    The idiot should be greatful for what he’s got and the chance to play.
    B…….U………S………T………..BUST-BUST-BUST

  95. Football Fan says: Aug 6, 2009 12:53 PM

    Arrial,
    You would not happen to be his agent are you? Or maybe a family member? I have full confidence someone at the 49ers or someone close to the situation told him this. After all we all know they call him cry baby crabtree and he clearly has shown he thinks he is a primadonna. If you are related to him then tell him to prove to us he isn’t and agree to whatever terms the 49ers give him and get his butt on that field ASAP!!!!!!

  96. rsh22 says: Aug 6, 2009 12:55 PM

    From cleveland.com May 1……LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Leach went off on Mangini after Crabtree slipped to the 49ers at No. 10 overall.
    “Michael Crabtree has been more successful as a receiver than that guy has a coach at this point,” Leach told the Sacramento Bee. “Part of the reason is he’s (Crabtree) too shy to be like that.”
    Leach went on to question Mangini’s draft, saying, “Let’s see how all those non-divas do up in Cleveland this year.”

  97. virtueandvice says: Aug 6, 2009 12:55 PM

    Big Stretch says: August 6, 2009 12:09 PM
    If you don’t think it will happen ask Bo Jackson about it.
    Tr3pidation says: August 6, 2009 12:11 PM
    Because when Bo Jackson reentered the draft he went from a 1st round pick to a 7th, does he not realize how much money he could lose and how much he’ll look like a guy who doesn’t care about football, only the money?
    Poor example. Jackson had a multi million dollar contract in hand to play baseball. He then received a multi million dollar contract to play part time for the Raiders, became an All Pro in both sports and made millions more in endorsements. Not even close to the situation Crabnuts is putting himself in.

  98. reo says: Aug 6, 2009 12:56 PM

    If he voluntarily sits out a year to re-enter the draft, he’s dropping to at best late 1st… but maybe further. No one in the top 10 will want to risk drafting him and not being able to sign him again.

  99. AMSmith17 says: Aug 6, 2009 1:01 PM

    Cleveland warned everyone pre-draft that this idiot was a diva. But this is beyond just being a whiny diva. He’s being ignorant, selfish, and just plain stupid. Thank you Cleveland for passing on him. Someone else’s problem for once.

  100. trixstal says: Aug 6, 2009 1:01 PM

    Boy, does somebody needs a Rodney Harrison hit over the middle to wake them up or what?
    Do something and prove yourself in the NFL before you begin demanding anything. Just be happy someone wants your services or someone wants to pay you money to play a game.
    My prediction: this guy gets laid out on the field and can’t cut it in the NFL. Like most rookies. Bust!
    Smarten up kids! You’re in the big leagues now. There really needs to be an overhaul of rules applied to all rookies in the NFL. More than half are illiterate and think the world owes them for nothing. Ugh!

  101. scotty_poacher says: Aug 6, 2009 1:01 PM

    Let him sit and wait till next year, and if the 49ers really want screw his career they should draft him again and offer him the rookie minimum. Now that would be classic!!

  102. mytwocents says: Aug 6, 2009 1:02 PM

    This is all about Parker, Crabtree is just a pawn.

  103. Big ben Rapistburger says: Aug 6, 2009 1:05 PM

    If he is this much of a pain in the ass before signing, how much of a pain in the ass is he going to be when he goes all “TO” on his qb when he doesnt get enough balls (pun intended)

  104. Patsfanin Philly says: Aug 6, 2009 1:06 PM

    Call his bluff. No way he loses a year of income. My over/under is that he caves by week 3 of the regular season. What the 49ers ought to be telling him is that their last best offer will drop by $20K every day that he continues to not sign…..He’s losing that time in training camp so his value is diminished…
    And if he does reenter the draft, why draft a headache? No way he’ll go higher than 10th…..

  105. 49er pride says: Aug 6, 2009 1:07 PM

    The 49ers should not give into his demands. They don’t need another Terrell Owens, i’m sure they remember what happened in the past. If Crabtree sits out I hope the NFL teams draft him in the second round and make an example out of him. The NFL teams really need to do something about those rookie contracts. It is ashamed that they get paid more than some proven veterans.
    Alex

  106. The Movie Whore says: Aug 6, 2009 1:12 PM

    # Foust says: August 6, 2009 12:26 PM
    . . . and Heyward-Bey completes yet another day of practice . . . . just sayin’ . . . .
    Now that is funny.

  107. HarrisonHits says: Aug 6, 2009 1:13 PM

    Epic stupidity. Good let him sit out, get drafted much later next year and make a hell of a lot less than he would get for his normal slot this year.
    His skills will erode by not playing for a year, and the situation with his a-hole agent will not make him attractive to any team.

  108. SlipperyPete says: Aug 6, 2009 1:13 PM

    Dumb on 2 accounts:. #1 Time value of money. #2 If he waits a year, that’s one less year of playing/earning money over his entire career.

  109. The Movie Whore says: Aug 6, 2009 1:16 PM

    jkuhn3597 says: August 6, 2009 12:31 PM
    Ok I have 2 questions and they may be stupid but I am willing to take shit for it because I am curious.
    1. Has anyone ever re-entered the draft?
    You are not stupid just uneducated and there is nothing wrong with that. Several players have re-entered the draft and none of them fared better than the first go round.

  110. Lucky5927 says: Aug 6, 2009 1:17 PM

    # Arrial says: August 6, 2009 12:31 PM
    Mike Florio….
    You fail again. Who is this “league source” or at least, what affiliation does this source have with the 49ers or Crabtree’s agent?
    Why would a “league” source be commenting on contract negotiations between the 49ers and Crabtree?
    NBC should seriously consider firing you for your unjustified fabrications.
    *******************************************
    Wow, what an idiot you are Arrial . First of all, you tell everyone Mike is wrong, but failed to say how. Secondly, the contract negotiations between the 49ers and Crabtree are no secret. Lots of picks are waiting on that situation to play out. The National Sports Review and the Baltimore Sun have also confirmed the story. So if anyone should be fired, it should be your parents for bringing you into this world.

  111. Brohamma says: Aug 6, 2009 1:17 PM

    Mr. Parker and his client better hope that this is just a rumor. Failing to adhere to the “unwritten” rules of NFL contracting will not only hurt his business going forward, but also the value of his client in the next draft.
    Obviously, Michael Crabtree has alot of talent. But getting a team to select him with their first pick next year, after this circus, will be quite a chore.
    Drafter beware! Afterall, who’s to say that this isn’t a pattern?

  112. mwcarolina says: Aug 6, 2009 1:18 PM

    you have got to be kidding me!! first off, just sign and get it over with, this rookie contract signing is horrible to the point of pathetic and to think that he is thinking of holding out will be SO stupid, just sign and play you way into a LARGER contract, i agree with whoever said the NBA rookie signing is WAY better than the NFLs

  113. the real deal says: Aug 6, 2009 1:19 PM

    Stupid thing to say,
    BUT I HOPE!!!!!!
    all you people on here trashing Crab are not fans of Elway or E Manning, because those 2 baffoons did the exact same thing and Elway was the worst!!
    So if you are trashing Crab and a fan of Elway you are nothing more than a major HYPOCRIT!!!
    similar to the hypocrits of the church………..

  114. Akshun says: Aug 6, 2009 1:20 PM

    The REAL story in all of this is that the Raiders ACTUALLY made the right move getting DHB

  115. VikingFan82 says: Aug 6, 2009 1:20 PM

    gameday says:
    August 6, 2009 12:33 PM
    The NFL should change the rules to prevent this from happening in the future.
    If a team cant sign their draft pick, then they still hold his rights for 2-3 years. This would prevent this sort of “hostage for ransom” Parker is pulling, and it would give the team the ability to stick it back to the player, or negotiate a trade for his rights.
    ___________________________________
    According to the CBA
    If there is no deal done before the 10th regular season game then the 49ers would lose all rights to him and he could re-enter the draft in 2010. If Crabtree were to enter the draft then any team except for the 49ers could draft him. Crabtree can only sign with the 49ers after the first regular season game has passed, so I assume that after the first regular season he could not be traded and after the 10th week he will not be able to play in the NFL for that league year(2009). I would think that if the 49ers could not sign him they would have to trade him before the first regular season game otherwise if he enters next years draft they don’t get anything in return, so I guess a second or third round pick is better then nothing at all.

  116. VoxVeritas says: Aug 6, 2009 1:20 PM

    Has anyone but me considered the possibility that he just doesn’t want to play for the 49ers? Might be worth it to sit out, drop in next year’s draft, and perhaps land in a better situation.

  117. TylerDurden says: Aug 6, 2009 1:22 PM

    Interesting. What are the odds that is foot hasn’t healed properly?

  118. VoxVeritas says: Aug 6, 2009 1:23 PM

    “This would prevent this sort of “hostage for ransom” Parker is pulling, and it would give the team the ability to stick it back to the player, or negotiate a trade for his rights.”
    The 49ers could try to trade his rights right now if they wanted.

  119. supermex says: Aug 6, 2009 1:27 PM

    Lucky5927 says
    So if anyone should be fired, it should be your parents for bringing you into this world.
    OUCH !!!! HAHAHAHAHA !!!

  120. bring back the rating system says: Aug 6, 2009 1:27 PM

    I hope Crabtree ends up being a colossal bust. He doesn’t deserve to do well after all the crap he’s been pulling.

  121. igglesfan74 says: Aug 6, 2009 1:28 PM

    Dumb and selfish…
    1. One less year of experience
    2. One year older
    3. One year out of practice-no actual game reps.
    4. Drop slots in the draft=less money, ruin your name/appeal.
    5. One less year of gettin’ paid-and then getting paid less than you would be this year.

  122. darth_vincent says: Aug 6, 2009 1:28 PM

    if Crap(py attitude)tree sits out – Niners lose the pick, gain back the rookie salary cap space allotted so they can sign a veteran player to take his place. It’s a lose-lose situation for everyone involved.
    I would guess that the Agent is bluffing… he would get no money this year, and might not even be the agent for Crabtree next year.

  123. VikingsFan23 says: Aug 6, 2009 1:30 PM

    I think if he sits out one year, he will end up sitting out two.
    I believe – and someone correct me if I am wrong, but a player who is eligible for two drafts and doesn’t sign becomes a free agent. So, then Crabtree would have given up two years of his career, but would be in a position where he could have two or more teams (Dallas and Washington most likely) bidding on his services with an incentive laden contract.
    Pretty foolish plan, but one he will have to take if he holds out, and it is probably a better approach than signing a second or third round draft pick contract.

  124. mwcarolina says: Aug 6, 2009 1:32 PM

    all you people on here trashing Crab are not fans of Elway or E Manning, because those 2 baffoons did the exact same thing and Elway was the worst!!…………………..ok, first off i agree both Elway and Manning both threatened and one did the same thing, but for Elway he did it because of family and Eli did it because for some stupid reason he didnt want to play in san diego, Crabtree is doing this for ONE big reason, money money and money, he wants to be paid a lot.

  125. DonkeyRider says: Aug 6, 2009 1:32 PM

    Apparently Eugene Parker is an alias for Master P.

  126. Chitown says: Aug 6, 2009 1:33 PM

    Props to the Raiders front office. They took a ton of heat for drafting DHB. They really needed a WR and they took one a little early but at least he is in camp working his but off. Crabtree has it all right there for him, and he is blowing it because he spent too much time with Neon Diane this summer.

  127. The Centurion says: Aug 6, 2009 1:33 PM

    Right buddy. If he sits out this year he not only will crush his reputation even more than now, but he will also have been out for a year. What does this mean? He would slip into the 3rd or 4th round and make nothing, the 9ers should call his bluff on this one. This kid is such a turd.

  128. Arrial says: Aug 6, 2009 1:34 PM

    Football Fan says:
    August 6, 2009 12:53 PM
    Arrial,
    You would not happen to be his agent are you? Or maybe a family member? I have full confidence someone at the 49ers or someone close to the situation told him this. After all we all know they call him cry baby crabtree and he clearly has shown he thinks he is a primadonna. If you are related to him then tell him to prove to us he isn’t and agree to whatever terms the 49ers give him and get his butt on that field ASAP!!!!!!
    ———————————————–
    No, I am neither. But, the accusation being made here (that a “source” has said this) is ridiculous. Anyone in the NFL circle would say that its the worst decision a player can make. By doing this, he assumes a character issue for his entire career…he loses millions of dollars because he will infact drop in next years draft. The story has no credibility. It isn’t as if there are no other first round picks that are left unsigned. If there is an outrageous claim, such as this one, there had better be a reliable source provided the info, and then back it up with confirmation with someone involved in the process. I am personally tired of people making up stories.
    ———————————
    Wow, what an idiot you are Arrial . First of all, you tell everyone Mike is wrong, but failed to say how. Secondly, the contract negotiations between the 49ers and Crabtree are no secret. Lots of picks are waiting on that situation to play out. The National Sports Review and the Baltimore Sun have also confirmed the story. So if anyone should be fired, it should be your parents for bringing you into this world.
    —————————————–
    Learn to read genious. I asked point blank for the source or at least his/her relation to both the 49ers and Michael Crabtree or his agent, in reference to contract negotiations.
    Again, reference the NSR and Baltimore Sun if you want, its the same story here without a reliable source. If the agent said it, fine, qoute him…but he didn’t. I’m pretty sure the agent isn’t stupid enough to make such a claim if he wants to retain any credibility towards retaining or signing with future clients.
    I could give two you know whats what your opinion is, but fact is fact and this story has no credibility. You would fall into the category of “gullilble idiots” if you believe everything you hear. Especially from a guy who is known for mis-reporting.

  129. Raiderjefe says: Aug 6, 2009 1:36 PM

    I was at the 9er draft party at the convention center in santa clara. Gary plummer and Jed York thanked Al Davis for passing on “the next Jerry Rice”. Hahahahahaha. Oh yeah, Al said you are VERY WELCOME! Hahahahahahahahhahah

  130. DcNinerFan says: Aug 6, 2009 1:37 PM

    That wold be epicly stupid on Crabtree’s part. This is my point about this asshat Parker. There should be an unwritten agreement between all GM’s to blacklist this guy out of the biz. That is the stupidest thing I’ve heard all year.

  131. lajimmy says: Aug 6, 2009 1:40 PM

    Anybody hating on the Raiders for passing on “Moneytree” now?
    If as someone suggested, he’s doing this because he doesn’t want to play for the Niners, he’s even dumber than he seems. This is a team on the cusp of making the playoffs. They would’ve made it last year if they don’t run out of time on the goal line against Arizona.
    Sitting out is an option reserved for morons who lack common sense. Here’s the pros and cons:
    Cons:
    A year of inaction
    A huge black mark on your rep in the eyes of the league
    The possibility you get drafted even lower the next time
    A year of your career and money earning wasted
    The possibility a new CBA is completed that has a rookie salary cap
    Pros:
    Some team loses their mind and memory and takes him before the 10th pick next year.
    Moneytree you are an idiot. Fire Parker, take the money commiserate with where you were drafted and get your ass into camp. You will not get ahead playing this kind of crap.

  132. Krow says: Aug 6, 2009 1:44 PM

    Eli Manning did not hold out as a rookie, and was in camp on time… if I recall correctly.

  133. samlv4 says: Aug 6, 2009 1:45 PM

    Just a thought…. Is this a smoke screen that will get the other rookie “holdouts” to sign sooner and thus creating a “worth” for him?

  134. bwisnasky says: Aug 6, 2009 1:46 PM

    Sorry to say it folks.. but Al Davis is looking smarter and smarter by the day… DHB may have been a reach at 7… but… he is no where near the Diva or distraction this clown is…..

  135. raiders177 says: Aug 6, 2009 1:47 PM

    If this isn’t a game of chicken, the Niners need to get on the phone with some teams.

  136. lajimmy says: Aug 6, 2009 1:48 PM

    Arrial says: August 6, 2009 12:31 PM
    Mike Florio….
    You fail again. Who is this “league source” or at least, what affiliation does this source have with the 49ers or Crabtree’s agent?
    Why would a “league” source be commenting on contract negotiations between the 49ers and Crabtree?
    NBC should seriously consider firing you for your unjustified fabrications.
    ******************************************
    Hey dumbass it’s being reported all over the place. ESPN quoted his cousin as saying the same thing.

  137. DarthPirate says: Aug 6, 2009 1:49 PM

    I normally hate the 49′ers (as a Raiders fan, I kinda have to), but kudos to them for sticking to their guns.
    Let that diva piece of crap re enter the draft.
    They will have the same record (good or bad) with or without him.

  138. MaineMan says: Aug 6, 2009 1:50 PM

    Parker hasn’t made a proposal? Or, would that be a counter-proposal? If the Niners have already put an offer to Crabtree on the table and Parker has simply rejected it without countering, would it make sense at this point for SF to publicize their offer? If nothing else, that might help move some of the other unfinalized deals.

  139. rpiotr01 says: Aug 6, 2009 1:50 PM

    Don’t blame the agent, the player is always in charge. Player can fire the agent or demand he push to make a deal. Don’t think for a second this isn’t what Crabtree wants.
    Far as I’m concerned just make a decision one way or the other. Then maybe we can get Raji into camp…

  140. cgmac says: Aug 6, 2009 1:51 PM

    To all those questioning the “source” it’s apparently crab’s cousin and advisor.
    ESPN is now reporting the story as well (good job Florio for beating the bastards to it)

  141. VikingFan82 says: Aug 6, 2009 1:52 PM

    “If there is no deal done before the 10th regular season game then the 49ers would lose all rights to him and he could re-enter the draft in 2010. If Crabtree were to enter the draft then any team except for the 49ers could draft him. Crabtree can only sign with the 49ers after the first regular season game has passed”
    ___________________________________
    Here is the actual language that is in the CBA
    “If a Drafted Rookie has not signed a Player Contract during the period from the date of such Draft to the thirtieth day prior to the first Sunday of the regular season: (i) the Club that drafted the player may not there-after trade to another Club either its exclusive negotiating rights to such player for the player’s inital League Year; and (ii) the Club that drafted the player is the only Club with which the player may sign a Player Contract until the day of the draft in the subsequent League Year, at which time such player is eligible to be drafted by any Club except the Club that drafted him in the initial Draft. (After the Tuesday following the tenth week of the regular seson, the player and the Club may only sign a Player Contract for future League Year(s))
    If a Drafted Rookie has not signed a Player Contract by Tuesday following the tenth week of the regular season, the player shall be prohibited from playing football in the NFL for the remainder of that League Year, absent a ruling from a Impartial Arbitrator.

  142. DarthPirate says: Aug 6, 2009 1:53 PM

    Also, Al Davis is laughing at the draft experts right now.

  143. stvvon says: Aug 6, 2009 1:55 PM

    HMMM Still think the Raiders should have went after crabtree in the draft??(sorry A** ESPN)
    What was crabtrees 40 time??
    How many catches does he have in traning camp?
    How hard is he working to make his team better?
    LOL HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    GO RAIDERS

  144. ShowMeYourTDS says: Aug 6, 2009 1:57 PM

    I think this is all in his plan to get more money
    If Crabtree does sit out of the NFL, the UFL should pick him up and that would be great for the UFL, possibilities for Crabtree and Vick in its first season thats exciting
    But Crabtree is a immature little boy
    only good thing he has done so far is beat Texas in one of the best games of the year last year

  145. jbwbubba says: Aug 6, 2009 1:59 PM

    I know it won’t happen that fast but be pretty funny if Crabtree reentered the draft and before next April the league and Union agree to a rookie cap like the NBA.

  146. EaglesFan05 says: Aug 6, 2009 1:59 PM

    If Parker lets Crabtree sit out, no team will ever want to draft his players high anymore since they know they will be dealing with this, then eventually no players will ever sign with Parker since it’s guaranteed they won’t be drafted high….
    dumb, high risk move by the agent..
    Florio, I’m surprised you haven’t mentioned this possibility.

  147. RaiderRich says: Aug 6, 2009 2:04 PM

    I believe Mike Williams had to sit out a year before entering the NFL draft after trying to challenge the minimum age rule… how well did that serve him? We was still drafted top 10 *by the Lions*… but he is out of the NFL now?

  148. bigjoey46us says: Aug 6, 2009 2:06 PM

    Arrial says:
    August 6, 2009 12:45 PM
    A lot of you here are a bunch of gullable idiots.
    You are already calling for Crabtree’s head because this site owner likes to make sh*t up.
    Of all the major sports sites on the internet, not one has even hinted at or referenced this story.
    Mike Florio, you should consider reporting on celebrities at this point. Because you have ZERO credibility reporting anything sports related.
    ————————
    Suck on this link Arrial…reported by ESPN using the AP (associated press) for information. Cause im sure the AP uses Florio. Insert foot into mouth in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4381335

  149. VikingFan82 says: Aug 6, 2009 2:09 PM

    Someone asked the question if he were to sit out until next years draft then he might sit out till 2011 to become a free agent and sign with any team. From what I know and found out via the CBA if he sits until next years draft and is not drafted in 2010 then he becomes a free agent and can sign with whom ever he wants. There is a good chance that if he does sit out this season then no one may draft him in the 2010 draft.

  150. Arrial says: Aug 6, 2009 2:18 PM

    lajimmy says:
    August 6, 2009 1:48 PM
    Hey dumbass it’s being reported all over the place. ESPN quoted his cousin as saying the same thing.
    ————————–
    ESPN is reporting it…..OH NOES, IT MUST BE TRUE THEN. Crabtree is sitting out the rest of the season and will sit out the draft because his COUSIN said so. Good thing ESPN never runs with unconfirmed stories. (sarcasm)
    GTFO. How reliable is that?
    Let me here it from a team official and/or Crabtree or his agent before I jump all over this kid and call him a diva, etc.
    While we’re at it, Sports Illustrated just reported that Michael Vick has signed with the Oakland Raiders. The source was a 17 year old kid working the Arby’s drive thru.
    I’d bet my whole years salary that this story will get denied by all parties within the next 24-48 hours.
    Yet people like these clowns buy into every thing they read.

  151. 909RaiderLifer says: Aug 6, 2009 2:20 PM

    Looks like crazy Al, hasn’t lost his marbles after all.

  152. Silverdog says: Aug 6, 2009 2:34 PM

    IF he were to actually hold out, his slow @$$ would HAVE to run a timed 40 before next year’s draft. There is no way this happens. IF he actually holds out, a guy with his ego will find trouble, and he will not even be available to play next year….except for maybe the mean machine.

  153. bigjoey46us says: Aug 6, 2009 2:34 PM

    I just had a 13 year old kid report to me that Arrial is a tool….must be true.

  154. outamojo says: Aug 6, 2009 2:40 PM

    Sitting out a year without a possible baseball/alternative sport career to fall back on is just about the dumbest thing you can do. The team that drafts him next year would hold ALL the marbles-what Crabtree, you gonna sit out ANOTHER year after last? Every year that goes by brings you closer to the rookie salary cap you know…

  155. Arrial says: Aug 6, 2009 2:52 PM

    bigjoey46us says:
    August 6, 2009 2:34 PM
    I just had a 13 year old kid report to me that Arrial is a tool….must be true.
    ———
    Cry me a river. Buy into the garbage all you want. A story gets reported quoting and/or referencing a person who doesn’t even have a hands on working relationship with the major parties involved and people suddenly buy into it.
    Its the internet, rumors spread fast.
    Good job. 21 year old guy, who is getting bad advice and has a shark for an agent….is now labeled.
    This is the same site that reported Terry Bradshaw was killed in an auto accident and many “tools” like your self believed it.
    Point is…be cautious of what you hear without getting or hearing confirmation from the people who are actually involved. More often then not, things like this are over exaggerated or untrue…yet draws the attention of gullible individuals like most of you.

  156. kilo31actual says: Aug 6, 2009 3:05 PM

    If Crabtree follows throught with this then the he is very stupid. Also it is safe to say that the crabtree ERA in the NFL would be over because he is not going to rebound from this he might have a shot in the CFL or even the Lingerie League though.

  157. mborz says: Aug 6, 2009 3:07 PM

    The only thing that makes this decision make sense to me is that if Crabtree has no desire to play for the 49ers. Maybe because Singletary made him cry? I just don’t get it.

  158. zeakman says: Aug 6, 2009 3:33 PM

    Ask Mike Williams how this situation is going to work out for you

  159. bigjoey46us says: Aug 6, 2009 3:44 PM

    Arrial says:
    August 6, 2009 2:52 PM
    This is the same site that reported Terry Bradshaw was killed in an auto accident and many “tools” like your self believed it.
    —————————–
    Didn’t believe that because no one else reported it. I take a wait and see, and obviously if more than one person from multiple media outlets (i.e. people who are correct 99.9% of the time) are reporting this it has to have some sort of truth to it. I just believe your not swallowing your pride and admitting you may have been wr..wr…wr…incorrect in trying to blast Florio because of his past. Trust me I have called Florio out before and been forced to stick foot in mouth. Also look at Parkers track record with how Jason Peters’ contract situation was handled in Buffalo. If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck…well I guess it might be a duck then.

  160. gtm_ says: Aug 6, 2009 3:54 PM

    Raiders were ridiculed extensively for not selecting crabtree. No OTA. No training camp. No contract.
    If Raiders HAD selected crabtree, this hold out would be used as an indication of how inept the Raiders organization is. Now, all I hear is silence.
    Is Crabtree going all Maurice Clarett on us? I guess papa Al does know best.

  161. FLORIO_IS_A_SELLOUT says: Aug 6, 2009 3:56 PM

    Now it looks like Crabtree’s d-bag “cousin advisor” is the one who mentioned it, Parker is denying it. Obviously Crabtree needs to get rid of this mooch asap.

  162. Beast Of The East says: Aug 6, 2009 4:15 PM

    @arrial-
    “You would fall into the category of “gullilble idiots” if you believe everything you hear. Especially from a guy who is known for mis-reporting.”
    You also reference the erroneous Terry Bradshaw incident which was reported here. Keep in mind, it was reported in several media outlets.
    You take such issue with misreporting as you call it. However, the Terry Bradshaw article was months ago and you continue to login constantly and read the site? If there is so much misreporting going and this site is constantly making up stories and has no credibility, please explain why you continue to read it? If Florio’s stories have no credibility and he is known for lying, why do you continue to support such a person? Fact is Florio has the best damn football site there is and you are a sad jealous little person. Another fact, there are haters logging in here every day, dogging Florio and his writing but like I just said, they continue to login every day and gripe about Florio. Sad and jealous little people that ole Mikey boy is now in the big leagues. Pains me to say it but Florio is now big time. A hole will not even fix my original screen name after like five requests because he is to busy writing for NBC. Congrats Mike!

  163. yoko166 says: Aug 6, 2009 4:24 PM

    so much for wide receivers being divas……

  164. Daws84 says: Aug 6, 2009 4:36 PM

    Arrial -
    You are right it is the internet and rumors do spread fast especially on a web site that posts any and all rumors that regard profootball.
    Point is…dont complain when a rumor website posts rumors.

  165. VikingsFan23 says: Aug 6, 2009 4:57 PM

    Viking Fan 82 -
    I asked that question on when he would become a free agent.
    I do think that if he sat this year, he would end up being drafted next year – where I don’t know, but someone would take him by the end of the 3rd round.
    Do you know if he refuses to sign for two teams whether he goes back into the draft or if he gets to be a free agent?

  166. shake&bake says: Aug 6, 2009 5:16 PM

    Did you see Crappanties face when his name was called at the draft ? He didn’t look real happy to to to the 9er’s. And jeez look at the team they suck every year who would want to go play there i mean really.

  167. VikingFan82 says: Aug 6, 2009 5:35 PM

    VikingFan23
    I am not sure, I will look into it. Not sure if he refuses to sign for two teams he should be allowed to play, lol. I will look it up and post it when I can get an answer.

  168. VoxVeritas says: Aug 6, 2009 5:39 PM

    “The only thing that makes this decision make sense to me is that if Crabtree has no desire to play for the 49ers.”
    That’s what I’m saying. The guy might not want to play in an over-taxed yet bankrupt state for a team that many players, particularly wide receivers like Isaac Bruce, Ashley Lelie and Darrell Jackson, go to allow their careers to die in obscurity. On top of that you know that his endorsement dollars would suffer.

  169. VikingFan82 says: Aug 6, 2009 5:46 PM

    VikingFan23
    If he was to be drafted in 2010 draft and again does not sign with that team he then would have to sit out the year and on the day of the draft in 2011 he would then become a Rookie Free Agent. So if he does this then he would have to sit out a total of two years then become a Rookie Free Agent and free to sign with any team, which wouldn’t be many, he wanted to. So may maybe April 2011 we will know where he is heading.

  170. Ladyluvsniners21 says: Aug 6, 2009 9:14 PM

    I dont believe Niners would same mistake of paying a large contract for a supposed “star” player a.k.a Alex Smith who sat out most of the last season! I know they didnt expect him to get hurt but even when he played… well I wasnt impressed. O’Sullivan came out to be quite the stud, and Shaun Hill didnt fall short either.
    Obviously Crabtree is holding out, thats apparent. Whether its because he doesnt want to play for the niners or he wants more than $23.5 mil (what Bey is getting) then were better off without him!
    We dont need prima donna’s in SF, especially ones that have never caught an NFL pass!

  171. Arrial says: Aug 6, 2009 9:41 PM

    Denied by Crabtree’s agent and the 49ers.
    Point proven.

  172. Melvillain says: Aug 6, 2009 11:44 PM

    Let him sit out if he wants to. He will be on the losing side. Remember a kid named Mike Williams? Sitting out a year will hurt his draft stock. Even if he re-enters, he might not get a big contract as he wishes.

  173. Okey says: Aug 7, 2009 12:06 PM

    Their are many fans of Tampa Bay Buaccaneers that wish Josh Freeman would have held out this year and not sign with the Bucs.

  174. GoCARPanthers#28 says: Aug 7, 2009 12:55 PM

    Another team that has to be smiling is the Jaguars. They like the Raiders and Browns got heat for not picking Crabtree. Even though their selection is not signed yet, they did make the safer pick with Tackle Eugene Monroe. OTs are usually safer picks than WRs. The Jags may be going through a mess trying to sign their pick but at least it was a safe one vs Crabtree who was a high risk pick at WR. What would be sad is if the 49ers gave in to Crabtree’s demands only to have him bust and have nothing to show for it.

  175. smittydvd says: Aug 8, 2009 9:00 PM

    This is a huge gamble by Crabtree. His agent is just trying to blow up the slotting system for HIS future, not Michael’s. Ultimately he gets into camp this year, hopefully with a new agent!

  176. wolfhound89 says: Aug 9, 2009 12:27 AM

    Okay, let’s start off at the beginning here. Big fish, small pond. You are coming out of Texas Tech and now you are going to trust the advise of a weak agent and a guy who runs a bail bonds business?
    It is plain as day that whatever advice he is getting is very poor. They are trying to ride a “better” gravy train.
    Being a pro athlete these days is a business and this is not good business. Maybe someone in the CFL will take a chance on him. I know that all the NFL DBs are licking their lips waiting for him to come to their camp and / or game. One good hit from a real NFL player may wake him up.

  177. CleanSlaton says: Aug 12, 2009 2:16 PM

    Wow, Craptree, really?
    You can really tell this guy went to Texas ‘Technical’ University–anybody that’s ever been to Lubbock knows how back-asswards that name is.
    As a graduate of UT Austin, I hope he holds out for more money. I hope this moron is made an example for the rest of the league & finally forces Goodell’s hand to institute some rookie salary rules.
    Playing football for money is a privilege, not a right. He is, ostensibly, forfeiting this privilege, and hopefully, will never find himself in a single NFL stat column.
    GO TEXANS!

  178. Golden_Niner says: Aug 13, 2009 7:50 PM

    “Crybaby” needs a good ‘ol fashioned ass kicking, to knock that cocky attitude out of him, then he needs to get on the field and get his ass handed to him by REAL players, then he needs to get his ass kicked again.
    I figure with an all around ass whoopin, this punk ass kid will understand, he’s only a wanna-be and needs to quit pretending to be “Mr. Cool”, with his little crumb snatchin buddies. Cuz we all know your bitch-ass was cryin on the field cuz you couldn’t find yo mama’s titty or your little blanky, with your snot runnin down your lip!

  179. Curlynerd says: Aug 14, 2009 12:21 PM

    So here is the perfect storm – Crabtree holds-out and opts into next year’s draft. In the meantime, the CBA negotiations include the rookie salary cap, and Crabtree loses millions.
    Stop being so greedy and get your ass on the field. You are in a select group of people who get paid to play football. Yes you suffer the pain and yes your career could be shortened at any moment, but even at #10, he’ll make enough to be set for life.

  180. BigBear says: Aug 15, 2009 12:22 AM

    Rookie cap needs to be implemented quickly.

  181. jecaet says: Aug 15, 2009 11:09 AM

    ATTN SF management:
    Make the guy one final offer and tell him, this offer is good TODAY. The guarenteed money will go down by $100,000 each day that goes by without signing.
    Now get out of my office and don’t call us again until the papers are signed.
    The end. He’ll sign. And if he doesn’t then he is too tremendously stupid and would not be able to learn the pro offense anyway. You don’t need a rock that dumb in your locker room or on the field.

  182. Boredatwork says: Aug 18, 2009 8:26 PM

    First off, I went to Tech and watched Crabtree for 3 years as well as some of his high school. EVERY interview I ever saw he was one of the the nicest most gracious college football players I have seen. He never took credit for anything and always praised his teammates.
    Yes, the hold-out thing looks shi**y but he’s trying to maximize his money. If you want to complain about that then fine but he has an amazing work ethic and has always been a decent guy.
    And as for THIS moron:
    The name is: Texas Tech University
    And with all the busts TU has had recently, I wouldn’t be talking about ANYTHING to ANBODY!
    Also, what does this even mean?
    “CleanSlaton says:
    As a graduate of UT Austin, I hope he holds out for more money. I hope this moron is made an example for the rest of the league & finally forces Goodell’s hand to institute some rookie salary”
    What does graduating from TU have to do with anything?
    CleanSlaton says:
    August 12, 2009 2:16 PM
    Wow, Craptree, really?
    You can really tell this guy went to Texas ‘Technical’ University–anybody that’s ever been to Lubbock knows how back-asswards that name is.
    As a graduate of UT Austin, I hope he holds out for more money. I hope this moron is made an example for the rest of the league & finally forces Goodell’s hand to institute some rookie salary rules.
    Playing football for money is a privilege, not a right. He is, ostensibly, forfeiting this privilege, and hopefully, will never find himself in a single NFL stat column.
    GO TEXANS!

  183. merdude says: Aug 20, 2009 6:33 PM

    I’m a niner fan from my youth in the 50′s; let the cry-baby go and get on with playing ball. He really was not very good anyway – big pit of injuries, one afer anther, is all I see down the road for him. Niners are better off without him.

  184. Randall says: Aug 21, 2009 11:26 AM

    Anybody remember Latrell Sprewell? Turned down $21m guaranteed because he “had a family to feed”? Never played again, and is losing everything he owns because he can’t pay for it. Hope this moron actually got a college education, I don’t see football in his future if he skips this year.

  185. Jerry says: Aug 26, 2009 1:34 PM

    Anyone who thinks that Crabtree could even possibly negotiate a better deal next year is freaking high! I could guarrantee that he would completely fall out of the first round. Although extremely talented, why would you want someone whom you know will holdout as long as possibly or indefintely for absurd money? Even if he finally signed he wouldn’t really contribute until the following year. The guy has balls…to not even participate in the draft at all and expect #1 WR money. What a moron.

  186. Bradenton Buc says: Aug 26, 2009 6:09 PM

    I thought the NFL tean that drfted you would still have the rights no matter if you did not sign or not???

  187. snagaholic219 says: Aug 26, 2009 10:50 PM

    Rookie Salary Cap! Rookie Salary Cap! League MINIMUM until the end of their first season. Who’s to say a Rookie won’t get injured on the first down, let alone pre-season. Hire Jerry McGuire or get the reality TV show: “Up the Crabtree without a Paddle”.

  188. techsun says: Aug 27, 2009 12:22 PM

    Crabtree’s response to TTU classmate question last spring: “What’s your major?” Crabtree: “NFL.” Maybe he’s changed his mind?

  189. pigsty says: Aug 28, 2009 3:39 AM

    is tonya harding still looking for work?

  190. VENILE says: Aug 30, 2009 12:50 PM

    PRETTY DISGUSTING IF YOUASK ME, IT WOULD BE UNFORTUNATE IF THE TEAM CAVED IN FOR SOME OF these greedy bastards to hog up all this money then only to read about them in getting arrested in a drunken brawl, some setup rape (ala kobe, mike t) or even shoot themselves in the leg. Just look at the raiders qb, big bucks big bust. remember glen big “small” dog robinson, demanding 100mil, what a bust, nfl owners/teams need to take a stand and stop being blackmailed by these guys, because you are not going to win at all cost, all it takes is 1 game not to win a trophy .. ala ne pats.. so let him sit out and end up being a sorry bastard just like clarett the sucker probably in jail now, from high profile prima dona to shop lifting f+++

  191. noll1 says: Sep 1, 2009 10:48 AM

    didnt John Elway do the same thing when he threten to play for the yankees before playing for a sucky team?

  192. noll1 says: Sep 1, 2009 10:50 AM

    Draft
    In the 1983 NFL Draft, Elway was selected as the first overall pick by the Baltimore Colts. Elway had, by then, played two summers of minor league baseball for the New York Yankees organization. Additionally, Elway had publicly stated that he refused to join the Colts organization, feeling the team could not allow him to be successful. If they did not trade him he said he was going to play baseball. Eventually, Colts owner Robert Irsay gave in. The Colts traded him to the Denver Broncos for QB Mark Herrmann, rights to OL Chris Hinton and a first-round pick (OG Ron Solt) in the 1984 NFL Draft on May 2, 1983. John Elway is one of three quarterbacks in the history of the NFL Draft (started in 1936) to be drafted #1 and go on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The other two are Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman.[3]

  193. mashoaf says: Sep 4, 2009 5:51 PM

    I hope the niners lower their max contract to him. Especially if November hits and he still isn’t signed, they should offer him a contract around where the late round recievers recieved.

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