Nobody’s looking very good in the 50-plus day hunger strike being waged by Michael Crabtree.
Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports asked seven front-office types if they believed the Niners should be given some kind of draft protection if Crabtree holds out all season and goes back in the draft.
Not only was it 7-0 saying “no flippin’ way,” but the assorted execs also took aim at San Francisco for their handling of the whole situation.
“Why would I want to end up with a lower pick in [a subsequent] draft because another team couldn’t sign a player?” an NFC North exec asked Robinson. “If you can’t find a way to sign a draft choice, it puts you in some bad company. Somewhere along the way, you really [messed] up.”
An NFC G.M. said the Niners simply should have known better given Crabtree’s diva act leading up to the draft and the history of contentious negotiations in which his agent, Eugene Parker, has been involved.
“Part of the art of the draft is making sure you pick the right guy,” the unnamed G.M. insisted. “You owe it to the owner and the organization to pick the right guy in the right situation. . . . Just because he’s the best player on the board at the time you pick, you can’t just throw caution to the wind and say, ‘Well, we’ll be the one to change him.'”
Of course, since the identifies of the personnel execs aren’t known, it’s also not known whether they passed on Crabtree when they had the chance — or whether they’ll pass on him again if he re-enters the draft.