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.