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Niners, Crabtree meeting today

Last month, 49ers owner Jed York offered to have a sit-down with holdout receiver Michael Crabtree and his agent, Eugene Parker.

The only problem?  Crabtree and Eugene never returned the R.S.V.P. card.

Instead, they’ve decided to simply show up in the Bay Area, making their intention to meet with the team via hints dropped by Deion Sanders on NFLN and leaks to the media.

All that said, a league source tells us that the 49ers will indeed meet with Crabtree and Parker today.

But all signs point to Crabtree caving in.

It is well known that Crabtree and Parker want more than the Raiders paid to receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall pick in the draft.  It is equally well known that the 49ers won’t be deviating from the slot that applies to the tenth overall pick.

Though the details of the deal that were on the table in July will need to be adjusted in light of the fact that four games have been played, the source says that the Niners do not plan to punish Crabtree, but that the team likewise doesn’t intend to reward him.

In other words, the Niners will be holding firm.  Though they possibly will try to find a way to help Parker save a little face, the damage is already done. 

Parker and Crabtree have blinked.

So what caused it?  The 3-1 record, punctuated by a 35-0 win over the Rams likely helped.  But we suspect that last week’s pointed words from Hall of Famer Jim Brown had an impact on Crabtree.

This particular quote resonated with multiple league insiders:  “[Y]ou
don’t realize that your legacy will be based upon how you perform, not
how much money you made

The question is whether it made an impact on Crabtree.

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49 Responses to “Niners, Crabtree meeting today”
  1. BigEasy says: Oct 6, 2009 10:42 AM

    Who Cares…….the only story here is if he signs a contract for less money than he was originally offered.

  2. Mean D says: Oct 6, 2009 10:46 AM

    Impasse. Craptree needs to sit out the year like he claimed he would.

  3. Beal22 says: Oct 6, 2009 10:46 AM

    Happy to hear that Crabtree is (hopefully) going to sign. The 49ers are a feel good story, considering not many people expected their offense to function with (dis)functional Shaun Hill starting. Crabtree provides him with another weapon, and will only make it easier for Vernon Davis and Frank Gore/Glen Coffee.
    Crabtree will definitely ball. I hope he turns into an excellent player. Al Davis should be cutting his wrists for taking DHB over him.

  4. SpartaChris says: Oct 6, 2009 10:46 AM

    I really hope the Niners reduce their offer. This clown missed all of training camp and 4 games so far. He should be docked accordingly.

  5. schism says: Oct 6, 2009 10:47 AM

    They are doing just fine without him, he might end up being a distraction in the locker room.
    Crabtree is forever a punk in my eyes.

  6. evilmajortom says: Oct 6, 2009 10:51 AM

    Crabtree should fire his agent just to save some face. He can then say “Eugene told me i was going to get X amount, he was wrong and I went along with it. Now I’m represented by ______ and he knows what he’s doing.”

  7. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 6, 2009 10:51 AM

    Still the biggest bust of 09.
    Give him league minimum for this year and extend original offer a year.

  8. Quagmire says: Oct 6, 2009 10:53 AM

    If the deal on the table was for 5 years the 49’rs should offer the same $ for 6 years.
    With performance escalators that void the 6th year.
    The first year is going to be wasted, you can’t go back & spoon feed this guy the offense that he would have learned in training camp.
    If he’s as good as he thinks it shouldn’t be a problem.

  9. rodstiffington says: Oct 6, 2009 10:53 AM

    Didn’t Jim Brown beat his wife or something? And a whole slew of other things? Talk about a legacy…

  10. DcNinerFan says: Oct 6, 2009 10:54 AM

    I figured he would sign, especially sine we are actually winning (and winning well, for the most part). Maybe if he can get up to speed by the bye we could open up the passing game more. Vernon and Michael, 2 big strong receivers.

  11. raybin says: Oct 6, 2009 10:57 AM

    This is hard for me to do as a Raider fan, but I have to give major kudos to the 49ers for the way they handled this. “Here’s the offer, kid, take it or leave it.”
    Crabtree’s position was insane. He was basically saying “Mel Kiper and a bunch of mock drafts on the Internet had me rated higher than Darrius Heyward-Bey, so I deserve more regardless of where I was drafted.”
    The 49ers could not blink in the face of that. It would’ve been bad for the league as a whole and lead to a whole rash of players holding out who were drafted later than the “experts” predicted. The NFL can’t afford to do business like that and the 49ers should be commended for holding the fort against it. Wouldn’t be surprised if there was some quiet behind the scenes pressure from Goodell’s office not to break.

  12. BUNYAN says: Oct 6, 2009 10:59 AM

    Please. Crabtree could care less what Jim Brown has to say. He probably doesn’t even know who Jim Brown is. He and his agent have caved in. My only hope is that the 49er’s dock his pay accordingly. He has missed four games, the pre-season, training camp, OTA’s, etc., etc. Oh, and by the way. He will be a bust!

  13. JakeDSnake says: Oct 6, 2009 11:02 AM

    Was Eugene Parker the guy who used to dance on the Gong Show while things were being thrown on the floor around him? His handling of this seems to indicate a background like that.

  14. Marklar says: Oct 6, 2009 11:03 AM

    If the Niners do not sign Crabtree, they deserve a compasory pick towards the end of the 1st round as a reward for not ruining the draft strategies of the future. And they are not doing “fine” without him. The receivers are piss poor, they could use this kid right now.

  15. HarrisonHits says: Oct 6, 2009 11:10 AM

    The only thing that matters to this kid is money, not Jim Brown’s advice or anyone else’s.
    He’s been sitting at home reading the internet and having seen hundred if not thousands of comments about what an a-hole he is and how he’ll be drafted much lower next year, he realized that he better make a move or he’ll end up with a hell of a lot less than what the 9ers offered him this year.
    His greed has been overcome by his fear of losing the millions he could already have in his pocket. Hopefully the SF management knocks that down substantially to make up for missing camp and the first 4 games.

  16. Grulks says: Oct 6, 2009 11:13 AM

    It would be awesome if Parker/Crap tree showed up to sign, and York yanked the contract at the last moment saying “No thanks, we don’t need or want buttholes like you on this team”. It won’t happen, but I would absolutely love to see the 49ers force this arrogant little assclown to sit out until next year.

  17. tian says: Oct 6, 2009 11:19 AM

    Crabtree will be docked for missed work. That’s about standard. The agreement on the table was all-inclusive. When the player doesn’t work during certain days, he will be docked.
    But all that said and done, Crabtree will do just fine. I think that he will work very hard and learn a lot. Why? Because if he doesn’t, his career is over.
    He should take a page out of Brandon Marshall’s book. After the goof, you go out and ball out your mind. Therefore, people might- just might- forget that you acted a fool before the season started.

  18. GoBrowns19 says: Oct 6, 2009 11:20 AM

    Crabtree wouldn’t be up to speed until week 8 at least…possibly more. The niners should reduce their offer by half. If Crabtree doesn’t want it, no big deal. Does Singletary really want a guy like this in his 3-1 locker room? You know Crabtree will talk shitt to whoever will listen and a team playing well can only get worse from a presence like that. Just cut your losses. The NFL already has too many Crabtrees. T.O. maybe catch passes, but he’s on his 4th team now….That’ll be Craptree in 7 years.

  19. Kenneth says: Oct 6, 2009 11:27 AM

    Like I have said before, The team should reduce their offer by $ 250,000 for every week he has missed since training camp and the regular season because it is not fair to the guys who showed up, Busted their asses in training camp and preseason and to allow this assclown to just waltz in would be tragic. This guy will on no way be able to contribute anything this year anyway. I am hoping they do not sign him as a lesson to others. This first round draft pick insanity has to stop. He has not proven shit anyway, He could end up being the biggest bust since Anna Nicole Smith.

  20. RayDaMayor says: Oct 6, 2009 11:28 AM

    Crabtree is EXACTLY the type of player who will never win a Super Bowl, nor will the team he plays for.
    He is not about “team” because for him it’s all about “me”. There is no erasing the damage he has done before he’s ever caught his first NFL pass. He is a dumbass for allowing his agent to take him down this path.
    Please explain how he will ever help his team when they fall upon tough times during the season? Maybe he can stand infront of the press and whine his ass off like T.O. and Chad Ocho Zero.
    Here’s hoping the 49er’s do not sign him and he actually re-enters the draft next year. THAT would be the storyline of the draft… far can he drop?

  21. Florida Boi says: Oct 6, 2009 11:37 AM

    I sure hope this guy wont be a bust cuz if he is, he will be the most criticized guy ever to play in the NFL and I will be one of the main critics.
    Thats one of the problems with the NFL. They pay first round draft picks too much money. They should use the same layout the NBA has for their draft picks.

  22. Resolution says: Oct 6, 2009 11:38 AM

    @ BEAL22 –
    Have you not read about this guy before? He was such a tool about signing that he affected the signings of other players in the draft around him.
    Of course he can play, but why have such a non-chalant opinion of his awful behavior?? You’re an enabler. I HOPE people give this guy a hard time. If not, it will simply encourage MORE players to do the same thing next year and the year after. Doing what he did was BS and he needs to learn that. It doesn’t matter what team, or if you’re a fan of that team. Doing what Crabtree did shows arrogance and contempt for the sport and the fans.

  23. Billy Mitchell says: Oct 6, 2009 11:41 AM

    Jim Brown’s Legacy:
    1968 accused of raping 18 yr old girl
    1968 threw fiance of balcony
    1969 beat up man after traffic accident
    1969 choked golf partner
    1985 rape, sexual battery, assualt ( charges dropped)
    1986 domestic violence
    1987 death threat: allegedly threatened to snap Monique’s neck, acquitted
    1999 vandalism: smashed up the windows of his wife’s 1994 Honda Accord with a shovel (15-Jun-1999)
    Why does anyone care what this thug has to say?

  24. sdigre says: Oct 6, 2009 11:48 AM

    Sign him to the practice squad at league minimum.
    He’s just T.O. part II. Let another team deal with the attitude. The 49rs have a good thing going, don’t ruin it on this jerk.

  25. Vaxman says: Oct 6, 2009 11:52 AM

    Uhhh, just from a football aspect JB was a stud… Crabtree is a homo… I hope he’s a bust, cuz that will make the “feel good” 69’ers story even better!! Singletary will make this team special in a couple years… Not right now… Crabtree is slow… John Madden could catch that guy from behind.

  26. Atlanta Love says: Oct 6, 2009 12:05 PM

    Its crazy how this guy holds out but sees the team winning and NOW he wants to talk. Man please.
    HEY, Billy Mitchell, thanks for digging into a guys personal life just to find a fault you can post. Great job, tool. Get a life. What in the hell does all that have to do with FOOTBALL? Why does it matter what these guys do in their personal life?

  27. MGT says: Oct 6, 2009 12:09 PM

    Since none of us are NFL front office professionals, I’ll refrain from pontificating about what the 49ers have to do , or weigh in on what a punk/bust/suspected communist Crabtree is or isn’t.
    What I want to consider is this: how much (if at all) did the filing of tampering charges affect Parker’s/Crabtree’s plan? Is it possible that any superior offers that had previously existed for Crabtree were pulled from the table in light of the NFL’s investigation? If that were the case, I would absolutely think that the lack of better options is the prime motivating factor to have Crabtree accept the 49ers offer–not the 49ers success, public sentiment, or words offered by Jim Brown.
    Also interesting: it would seem appropriate for Crabtree to part ways with Parker in order to save face with his new team. Instead, he is choosing to move forward with Parker. Why? Is Crabtree just a loyal guy?

  28. PDXNinerfan says: Oct 6, 2009 12:15 PM

    During the whole impasse, the Niners took the high ground and held firm which is good business sense and good PR for the league.
    Once they sign him, he is officially their property and a new PR game commences. They cannot have him coming off looking stupid or punished, so my money is on the Niners not reducing the offer.
    The comment above about adding a 6th year (thus changing the numbers around) and an incentive laden option to void the 6th year would be a possible win-win for both sides.
    The key here for the 49ers is to clearly show Crabtree caved, but to do so respectfully and fostering a good relationship moving forward.

  29. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 6, 2009 12:15 PM

    i think it has NOTHING to do with Brown’s words. I think it is just about the fact the team is doing well without him, and he’s wanting to get in on the good action.
    I bet if the Niners were 0-4 right now, or 1-3, Crabtree would still be sitting at home.
    this is all despicable. the niners should lower the offer since he has missed a quarter of the season, all of the offseason, and training camp. Offer him 12th slot money and let him be happy with that. he won’t be much of a contributor immediately anyway.
    If the 49’ers offer him 10th slot money right now, i’ll be seriously disappointed and you could chalk this up as a win to Crabtree.

  30. StillMadAtSlobber says: Oct 6, 2009 12:30 PM

    # HarrisonHits says: October 6, 2009 11:10 AM
    The only thing that matters to this kid is money, not Jim Brown’s advice or anyone else’s.
    He’s been sitting at home reading the internet and having seen hundred if not thousands of comments about what an a-hole he is and how he’ll be drafted much lower next year, he realized that he better make a move or he’ll end up with a hell of a lot less than what the 9ers offered him this year.
    What, Crabtree can read?

  31. MGT says: Oct 6, 2009 12:37 PM

    As per everyone saying that they should offer less money for this year–I do believe that any offer would be prorated for this year, as a no-questions asked provision to any contract offer.

  32. Beal22 says: Oct 6, 2009 12:47 PM

    @ Resolution
    Understand where you’re coming from. You’re forgetting that the NFL is a business, this is hardly as much in Crabtree’s control as it in Eugene Parker’s (his agent). I disagree with you in the fact that more and more players are going to do this in the future, a) because there is going to be a rookie pay scale adapted to the NFL soon, and b) players aren’t as stupid as Crabtree and JaMarcus Russell, and they want to play. It’s a learning lesson for management and players, that nobody is really winning when this happens, except for the 49ers on the field, that is.

  33. travis10 says: Oct 6, 2009 12:57 PM

    While he has the physical talent, his attitude guarantys he will be a disruptive, negative influence for the team. If they sign him at the same pay package, after missing what in effect will be half the season, the other players will resent rewarding him for being such a petulant adolescent.
    Call his bluff. Make him take a pay cut or let him go back to playing video games for a year.

  34. SF Saints Fan says: Oct 6, 2009 12:59 PM

    I think Crabtree and/or his agent have finally realized that if he doesn’t take what the Niners are offering he will be back in the draft next year and will very likely get drafted after the 10th pick in the first round.
    Who knows, it’s always possible the Raiders would pick him 4th overall (or somewhere near there depending on if the Raiders win another game) and he can still live in the Bay Area, but he would be playing for the Raiders a totally dysfunctional franchise and not the resurgent Niners!

  35. wrath4771 says: Oct 6, 2009 1:13 PM

    I heard the Niners offered him a dollar less than what the Packers gave Raji. If that’s ture, he’s an idiot for not taking that weeks ago.

  36. Unnamed Source says: Oct 6, 2009 1:17 PM

    I hope the Niners offer this guy the league minimum, or sign and trade the POS. He’ll be hurt before week 7

  37. hayward giapunchmi says: Oct 6, 2009 1:27 PM

    “# Billy Mitchell says: October 6, 2009 11:41 AM
    Jim Brown’s Legacy:
    1968 accused of raping 18 yr old girl
    1968 threw fiance of balcony
    1969 beat up man after traffic accident
    1969 choked golf partner
    1985 rape, sexual battery, assualt ( charges dropped)
    1986 domestic violence
    1987 death threat: allegedly threatened to snap Monique’s neck, acquitted
    1999 vandalism: smashed up the windows of his wife’s 1994 Honda Accord with a shovel (15-Jun-1999)
    Why does anyone care what this thug has to say?”
    The Ravens do, they’re looking for a new Director Of Personnel.

  38. hverovhe says: Oct 6, 2009 1:28 PM

    Remember Heath Schuler? Prima donna. Held out, skipped camp, signed late for millions and then was never able to play the pro game.
    Looks like the same story all over again.
    Niners are better off with this clown sitting in wherever he sits.

  39. jackleary says: Oct 6, 2009 1:32 PM

    i dont know if it was some retarded stunt, but its foolish and ridiculous to think he (crabtree) could make MORE money by sitting out this entire year and re-entering the draft. good for the niners by sticking to their guns and not caving to an unproven already hugely egotistical rookie who is a poster boy for why in the new CBA there needs to be a rookie salary cap.

  40. qawagstaff2009 says: Oct 6, 2009 1:33 PM

    Why do fans side with 31Billionaires and the info they leak to their reporters?
    Crabtree will get his millions.

  41. ron says: Oct 6, 2009 1:55 PM

    Listen to your own words “Remember Heath Shuler? Prima donna. Held out, skipped camp, signed late for millions and then was never able to play the pro game” LOL and he laughed all the way to the bank with his millions, just like Crabtree will be doing as soon as he signs. Does anyone think anyone in the NFL (SF office or otherwise) or Crabtree really care what a bunch of working stiffs think? Wasting your time postulating about someone and something you have no control over or input into is stupid. If he caved, so what? He will be a millionaire either way, and how many of you can say that? LOL

  42. Frank21G says: Oct 6, 2009 2:28 PM

    Crabtree is awesome and he will turn out to be a great player. Yes he has missed Training camp and four games so he might not put up any amazing numbers this year, but he will put up numbers in the years to come. He is in a very good system in my opinion and Singletary will make him work hard and he will be ready. This is why I don’t think he will be a bust because if you are in a good system you are going to play good, this is why Jamarcus Russell is struggling because he held out and didn’t go into a good system. No offense radiers fans.

  43. OldSkoolRules says: Oct 6, 2009 2:30 PM

    He is a bandwagon jumber. He is jumping on now that the Niners are doing so well. What will happen if things don’g go so well? We saw for months what happens when he does not get what he wants.
    But it sounds like the Niners may sign him. His salary will be prorated…management has already said they are docking him for every game missed. But he also has to do a mea culpa on live tv and be honest about his agent and the reasons behind a hold-out and sudden interest in speaking. He disrespected the owner by not responding to a request to meet a week ago. Now with the 35-0 spanking, he wants to talk. That is just arrogance. There had also better be some clauses about his injury…he gets injured in the first few games and he will lose additional salary. We cannot reward someone who did not go through training camp, who did not suffer with the rest of him teammates, and who has not publicly said anything that shows contrition.
    Personally, shipping him off to the Traitors or to Bills with TO would be justice served on a cold plate.

  44. OldSkoolRules says: Oct 6, 2009 2:39 PM

    We don’t need no stinkin band wagon jumpers.

  45. CapsLockKey says: Oct 6, 2009 2:47 PM

    Why is there the thought he won’t be able to contribute? He’s a WR, not a QB. Hell Bobby Wade was signed on a Tuesday, crammed the new playbook, and was the Chiefs leading receiver that Sunday. It may take him a few more games being a rookie to get going and in shape, but he’ll be starting and contributing withing a few weeks. It’s not like the Jimmy Raye’s offense is that complicated.

  46. StevieMo says: Oct 6, 2009 2:48 PM

    Once a Crapgreediva, always a Crapgreediva.

  47. FastEddy415 says: Oct 6, 2009 2:59 PM

    After four games, its obvious the 49ers offense needs a spark. If i can see that, I’m sure Crabtree sees that. I’m under the assumption Crabtree feels like he is the missing piece needed for this offense. I agree to that assumption. Those who watch niner games would agree as well. I’m sure he feels bad now for missing all this time.
    Its a good sign, hopefully he signs this week. It shows that he trying to make amends from his mistakes.
    I’m betting he will be on the field againts the Texans after the bye week. Crabtree is one of the best slant recievers I’ve ever seen in college. Suited for a QB like Hill. Vernon Davis wont be doubled anymore, Gore will see less defenders in the box. I believe he has the talent to take the niner offense to that elite level. 27th ranked offense is not going to cut it.

  48. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 6, 2009 3:10 PM

    “Instead, they’ve decided to simply show up in the Bay Area, making their intention to meet with the team via hints dropped by Deion Sanders on NFLN and leaks to the media.”
    It’s like the old Pepi Le Pew cartoon: “look, here ah ahm. I’m playing ze hard to get. Hmm, not working – now I play ze EEZY to get!”

  49. rjgreen3 says: Oct 6, 2009 4:44 PM

    If the 49ers sign this jerk they are inviting a cancer into the lockerroom! He is all about himself and not the team. Screw him and Eugene Parker. No one player is bigger than the team-right T O and Brandon Marshall!

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