For those of you who have been following PFT for at least the past few weeks (and for those of you who haven’t, shame on you . . . and welcome), it’s no surprise to learn that the comments of Deion Sanders on NFL Network triggered the 49ers charge of tampering against the Jets.
Sanders said during an appearance on September 4 that two teams were willing to pay Crabtree $40 million, even though the 49ers were offering only $20 million. We then argued that the 49ers should insist on a tampering investigation — and that the 49ers should demand that the league office interrogate Sanders, who technically is a league employee, regarding what he knows and how he knows it.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Monday night that, indeed, Sanders’ comments sparked the tampering charge. But while Mort explained that such cases are hard to prove, the Niners should still insist on Sanders being required to cooperate in full, or else.
Meanwhile, we don’t put much stock in the fact that Captain Lou Albano (a/k/a Jets coach Rex Ryan) has denied the charges. For starters, what the hell else would he say? “Sorry, you caught us”? Also, our guess is that, if G.M. Mike Tannenbaum talked to agent Eugene Parker about signing Crabtree, Tannenbaum probably didn’t share that information with a man who thinks the phrase “exercising discretion” refers to something that happens in the bathroom.
But we did get a kick out of Ryan’s predictable response to the complaint from the Niners; Ryan told Mike & Mike In The Morning that he wishes the Jets played the 49ers this year.
In reality, there’s a bigger fight going on between the two franchises, and there’s a chance that the Jets will lose something other than a game.