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Crabtree tampering case will proceed

Despite the fact that the 49ers have signed receiver Michael Crabtree and the fact that the Jets have traded for a receiver not named Michael Crabtree, a league source tells us that the tampering allegations made by the 49ers against the Jets will not be withdrawn.

Though there’s a sense that, in the end, the 49ers won’t be able to muster enough evidence to persuade the NFL to make an example out of the Jets, we’re told that the matter won’t simply be closed because Crabtree is now under contract.

Meanwhile, there’s some speculation in league circles that Deion Sanders might have pushed Crabtree and agent Eugene Parker toward getting something done with the 49ers in the hopes that it will insulate Deion from having to choose whether to cooperate with the investigation or risk a potentially negative impact to his employment with NFL Network.

In the end, however, it might not matter.  If the folks investigating the tampering case decide to aggressively pursue Deion in the hopes of finding out what he knew when he said that there were two teams willing to pay Crabtree $40 million, Crabtree’s contract with the 49ers is irrelevant to that inquiry.

Meanwhile, some of you are pointing to the timing of the two major transactions of the morning as circumstantial evidence that the Jets wanted Crabtree and then turned to Edwards after Crabtree agreed to terms.  It’s important to remember, however, that the Jets could not have added Crabtree at any point in the 2009 season — the deadline for acquiring his rights via trade came and went on August 14.

The Jets, by all appearances, are making a move aimed at winning now, and the possibility of a trade for Braylon Edwards likely has been looming for a while.  The recent off-field incident involving Edwards probably was the straw that broke the Cleveland camel’s back, causing the Browns to decide to get what they can for Edwards and get him out of town before LeBron snaps him in two like an oversized toothpick.

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13 Responses to “Crabtree tampering case will proceed”
  1. RedGoneWILD says: Oct 7, 2009 10:11 AM

    “Meanwhile, some of you are pointing to the timing of the two major transactions of the morning as circumstantial evidence that the Jets wanted Crabtree and then turned to Edwards after Crabtree agreed to terms.”
    Florio, I’m pretty sure you’re the one the pointed to that in your first article about the trade…
    “It’s important to remember, however, that the Jets could not have added Crabtree at any point in the 2009 season — the deadline for acquiring his rights via trade came and went on August 14.”
    seriously, explain this to me…
    once the 49ers signed Crabtree, they could trade him to any team right? I’ve been under the impression that this deadline only applied while he was an unsigned drafted player…please explain

  2. PFTiswhatitis says: Oct 7, 2009 10:27 AM

    How many times have the Jests been accused of tampering?
    Another case of the league’s lame management run by a bunch of jock strap types that will support and ocover each other at every turn.

  3. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 7, 2009 10:28 AM

    RedGoneWILD, I think in baseball, teams can’t trade players signed that season (or at least, only have a certain window)…..I believe it’s to keep teams from stockpiling Free Agents, and then dealing them during the season when other teams have needs arise.
    The NFL may have a similar rule about dealing recently signed players, and a rookie could, conceivably, fall under that rule.
    Just a thought.

  4. HughJassPhD says: Oct 7, 2009 10:30 AM

    HAMMER!!!!

  5. BBrophy1 says: Oct 7, 2009 10:36 AM

    the most interesting thing about the trade is that the Jets continue to fleece the Browns. This is essentially Edwards for Stuckey and a couple of mid round picks since the Jets would dump Trusnick with Calvin Pace being activated. I think Mangini still works for Tannenbaum!

  6. PimP JuicE MaN says: Oct 7, 2009 10:46 AM

    I confess, I contacted Yes-I -Have-CRABS-TREE
    on behalf of the JETS, please don’t put me in jail for this, I was just a fan of the team and thought it would help them succeed on the field.

  7. Tikkanen says: Oct 7, 2009 10:53 AM

    I think there would be an insane salary cap hit for San Francisco if they were to trade Crabtree after signing him, as the bonus would be accelerated.

  8. Pastabelly says: Oct 7, 2009 11:06 AM

    It actually strengthens the league’s case against the Jets because it shows how desperate they were to get a WR. Of course the tampered with Crabtree. When that failed, they went after the best douchebag available.

  9. Dirk says: Oct 7, 2009 11:51 AM

    RedGoneWILD wrote: “seriously, explain this to me…”
    There is not much to explain. The trade deadline for unsigned rookies passed Aug 14. Any rookie not signed by that date cannot be traded prior to Mar 5. Obviously, that applies to draft picks only, not to undrafted rookies.
    RedGoneWILD wrote: “once the 49ers signed Crabtree, they could trade him to any team right? I’ve been under the impression that this deadline only applied while he was an unsigned drafted player”
    Your impression does not match the actual rule. If the 49ers wanted to trade Crabtree now (they don’t) they are not allowed to. That has nothing to do with salary cap implications. It’s because of that trade deadline.

  10. Quagmire says: Oct 7, 2009 12:21 PM

    If Deion doesn’t want to talk…would waterboarding be too much?

  11. hendeeze says: Oct 7, 2009 12:40 PM

    The Jets are trying to preemptively trade away the draft picks they are gonna get docked

  12. wrath4771 says: Oct 7, 2009 12:57 PM

    I think the Jets gave Crabtree the heads up that they were going to trade for Edwards. You know a deal for Edwards didn’t happen in one day. I wouldn’t be shocked to find out the Jets gave Parker the nudge that they would be trading for Edwards so he could get Crabtree signed beofre the Niners really realized they had him by the short hiars.

  13. Krow says: Oct 7, 2009 1:25 PM

    What’s funny is that the Browns passed on better deals earlier in the year. They essentially held out for less.

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