Parker becoming the new holdout agent?

At one point within the past few years, Carl and Kevin Poston were notorious for holding out their clients.

Eugene Parker currently is wearing that crown.

Per a league source, only one of Parker’s last 18 first-round draft picks have reported to training camp on time.

The exception?  Jets tight end Dustin Keller, a first-round pick in 2008.

The string of 17 out of 18 holdouts dates back to 2000, when cornerback Ahmed Plummer didn’t hold out in San Francisco.

Coincidentally, the 49ers’ latest first-round pick has created Parker’s highest-profile holdout.

While there’s a chance that receiver Michael Crabtree is the one forcing the issue by insisting on getting paid more money than Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall pick in the draft, the bottom line is that Parker has shown that holding first-rounders out has become a standard business practice.

16 responses to “Parker becoming the new holdout agent?

  1. No matter what, though, the bulk of the blame falls on the client. Whether it is for selfishness and greed or for stupidity and gullibility, the bulk falls on the client. They are the ones that drive the ship, and they can tell the agent to get the deal done. If he doesn’t, they have the option to fire such agent and seek new representation, then negotiate the deal they want to get in and play on time. Plus, Crabtree could have already known about Parker’s history, including the fact that so many of his first round draft picks have been late to camp.

  2. And yet he still manages to con some of these stupid kids into signing with him every year. Don’t these guys ever do any homework on his track record before they sign on the dotted line? It’s almost like he’s able to cast a voodoo spell over some of these stupid idiots.

  3. Since these players that hold out get fined for each day they miss during training camp and preseason, why not start tying these fines in to the agents as well.
    Say a player gets fined $10,000 for each day missed. He holds out for 10 days, so his fine total is $100,000. If the agent gets 15% of the contract amount as his fee, then the player should be able to remove 15% of the total fine amount from the agent’s fees or the agent should have to send that 15% amount to the team. Maybe this would encourage these money-grubbing morons to get these players into camps sooner instead of holding out for every last dollar.

  4. Don’t forget Jason Peters…he wasn’t drafted so ya know, he just had to wait until he was any GOOD and give him the same “experience” he gives all his other clients!

  5. Crabtree,
    Keep holding out. SF will cave to your demands. They will see the error of their ways. When someone doesn’t work out at the combine and demands more money then their “slot”, they usually win.
    Sincerely,
    DHB

  6. Florio, I know you have your hands full now, but during the off-season, I’m sure fans would love to know the record of agents whose rookie clients end up holding out before signing their “slotted” rookie contracts.
    Also, which agents also hold the most holding out veterans who are up for new contracts.
    We just want to know who to hate.

  7. I didn’t read this story. However, Mike, I’d like to point out an error in your “About” section. At the end of the last paragraph there is a random “Also” for no apparent reason. You should edit that if you want respect from “real journalists”. Have a wonderful evening.

  8. Parker was also, if I remember correctly, Jason Peter’s agent, as well as Steven Jackson’s, both of whom also engaged in holdouts over contracts. Obviously this guy uses this strategy beyond draft picks.

  9. If you are an NFL team and you have two guys whom you covet equally and one guy has Parker as his agent, don’t you lean towards the guy who isn’t represented by Parker, all other things being equal?

  10. JoeFlaccosUniBrow says:
    August 21, 2009 8:39 PM
    Crabtree,
    Keep holding out. SF will cave to your demands. They will see the error of their ways. When someone doesn’t work out at the combine and demands more money then their “slot”, they usually win.
    Sincerely,
    DHB
    What are you smoking? When has the 49ers ever caved to someone? When/If Crabtree signs, it will be on the 49ers terms and a deal that they feel is right. Quite frankly, I don’t see many 49er fans that are worried or ownership. Myself and several other fans that I have encountered are happy with the wideouts we have and our ready for the season. No one man is bigger than the team, and nobody drives that point across better than the 49ers. If you’re here fine, if not we’re moving on. Regardless of what the outcome of the season may be!

  11. tr975 says:
    August 21, 2009 8:29 PM
    Since these players that hold out get fined for each day they miss during training camp and preseason, why not start tying these fines in to the agents as well.
    Say a player gets fined $10,000 for each day missed. He holds out for 10 days, so his fine total is $100,000. If the agent gets 15% of the contract amount as his fee, then the player should be able to remove 15% of the total fine amount from the agent’s fees or the agent should have to send that 15% amount to the team. Maybe this would encourage these money-grubbing morons to get these players into camps sooner instead of holding out for every last dollar.
    ————————————————-
    There are no fines involved with rookie holdouts since they are not under contract.

  12. “… the bottom line is that Parker has shown that holding first-rounders out has become a standard business practice.”
    Start at least as far back as Rod Woodson.

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