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Crabtree's base deal: six years, $32 million

In the wake of the news that the 49ers have signed receiver Michael Crabtree after an extended holdout, there has been not a hint of the dollars to be paid to Crabtree.

And since this means that his agent hasn’t leaked the numbers, it means that his agent feels no specific motivation to do so.

Possibly because his agent isn’t all that thrilled to have his name on the deal.

So the numbers will come from sources other than Crabtree’s agent.  And we’ve gotten our mitts into them.

Per a league source, Crabtree has signed a six-year, $32 million contract.  (The total includes guaranteed money, base salaries, and the one-time incentive based on achieving minimum playing time.) 

The deal also includes $17 million in guaranteed money.

As reported elsewhere, the deal can void to five years based on performance triggers, wiping out a final year base salary of $4 million.  But they won’t be easily reached. 

The source tells us that, in his first four seasons (including 2009), Crabtree must either qualify for two Pro Bowls, or he must qualify for one Pro Bowl in one year and he must participate in 80 percent of the offensive snaps in a separate year in which the team makes the playoffs.

In other words, if in 2010 he qualifies for the Pro Bowl and the team makes the playoffs and he participates in 80 percent of the snaps, he’ll still need to make it to the Pro Bowl or achieve the 80-percent/playoffs in another season.

Since the chances of Crabtree making the Pro Bowl or participating in 80 percent of the offensive snaps this year is roughly zero percent, he’ll have three years to get it done.

And it won’t be easy.  Frankly, he’ll be hard pressed to make it to one Pro Bowl in three years with the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith, the other Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, DeSean Jackson, Johnny Knox, Percy Harvin, Greg Jennings, Roddy White, T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the same conference.

So, by all appearances, it’s a six-year deal.  And at $17 million in guaranteed money, the per-year guarantee is a tepid $2.83 million per year.

There’s another problem with the deal — it has no mid-tier incentive package.  Instead, the additional $8 million that Crabtree can earn (pushing the max value to six years, $40 million) requires the kind of unrealistic, mega-star performances that no rookie is likely to ever achieve.

So while the contract paid to Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji covers five years and pays $22.5 million, he has the ability (if he’s a solid player) to make up the difference between his base deal and Crabtree’s five-year, $28 million haul via the mid-tier incentive package in Raji’s deal.

And unless Crabtree meets the performance thresholds necessary to void the sixth year, he’ll be stuck under contract for another year at a base salary of only $4 million.

There’s one other area of concern with the deal.  Crabtree, per the source, received no option bonus.  Instead, he has significant money tied to a fairly new device known as a “discretionary salary advance,” which unlike an opition bonus is subject to forfeiture if Crabtree decides in a year or two that he wants to hold out for a better deal.  (We’re also told that the 49ers have included language that would make certain escalators subject to forfeiture, too.)

Meanwhile, the deal falls well short of the mark for which Crabtree and agent Eugene Parker were aiming — the five-year, $38.25 million contract paid by the Raiders to receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall pick in the draft.

Even if Crabtree successfully voids the final year, he’ll make more than $2 million per year less on average than Heyward-Bey.

Thus, as we explained earlier in the day, this is a deal that Crabtree could have done in July, which would have given him a much better chance of making a contribution to the 49ers during his rookie year.

So while the final outcome can be described as win-win, the broader view suggests that it’s really a lose-lose situation.
 

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50 Responses to “Crabtree's base deal: six years, $32 million”
  1. Abe Froeman says: Oct 7, 2009 3:20 PM

    OMG, how is going to live on $32 million!!
    I’m starting a charity fund for this poor, poor man.

  2. Patsfan1776 says: Oct 7, 2009 3:24 PM

    I’m sure the agent is too busy to leak the numbers. He must be banging on the marketing guys to get craptree some more $$$ to offset what has been lossed by sitting out.

  3. sullijo says: Oct 7, 2009 3:24 PM

    Johnny Knox???? – Let’s not get ahead of ourselves…..

  4. tv says: Oct 7, 2009 3:28 PM

    You forgot that Marques Colston is also in the division – probably the best WR in the NFC not named L. Fitzgerald.
    Yeah, the deal is such that I’m sure that a valid message has been sent to youngsters across America that greed does not pay!

  5. manofsteel3 says: Oct 7, 2009 3:28 PM

    Did you really throw Hakeem Nicks and Johnny Knox in with the rest of those receivers?? Should’ve put in Devin Thomas and Malcom Kelly then since they’re going to the Super Bowl.

  6. MoPackerFan says: Oct 7, 2009 3:30 PM

    I’m kinda bummed he signed….. I’m happy for the 49er fans, but I was hoping he would push this all the way and try to reenter the draft. That would force the owners to come together and put a real rookie wage scale in place.

  7. Levito says: Oct 7, 2009 3:32 PM

    which Steve Smith is the other Steve Smith right now?

  8. ItalianArmyGuy says: Oct 7, 2009 3:33 PM

    Now Florio, you’ve been screaming for 2 straight days that there is no way he gets more than $20 mil, with $16 mil guaranteed, minus some cash for time missed.
    So now you report $32 mil and $17 guaranteed – better than the #7 pick got with Oakland? And you don’t think he can play in 80% of his offensive plays for 2 years? He’ll be gone after 5 years – bank it. You really think Hakeem Nicks, Johnny Knox, Roddy White, and Greg Jennings are going to keep him from the Pro Bowl for 3 straight years? LOL.
    Lucy, you got some ‘splainin to do. You been lying to us with your little headlines. 49ers caved – big time. Eugene Parker got his boy some R&R, a short contract, and bragging rights over all other receivers in the draft.

  9. PurpleIsForGays says: Oct 7, 2009 3:33 PM

    The only real loser that I see here is Parker. Essentially Crabtree is getting what he is rightfully slotted at the 10 pick, and the 49er’s are gaining pure talent at a wr position which it currently lacks. I could see the niners becoming a solid squad if he lives up to expectations.
    Parker however seems to lack credibility. What athlete in the right mind is going to listen to him in the future? It’s about time this guy gets on the field, I only hope for the team sake he is half as good as he thinks he is.

  10. TheVillain112 says: Oct 7, 2009 3:42 PM

    Donald Driver is wondering why everyone is still talking about Greg Jennings.

  11. Duck Butter says: Oct 7, 2009 3:43 PM

    @ItalianArmyGuy, Roddy White and Greg Jennings are both already better than Crabtree will ever be. Books will be based off of Crabtree and how to ruin your NFL career.

  12. ItalianArmyGuy says: Oct 7, 2009 3:43 PM

    Nice job Florio. You belittled the Crabtree contract terms, and got your story linked by the New York Times, even though you were wrong in your analysis.
    My response is best summed up as follows:
    “Ah… It’s a profit deal. Takes the pressure off. Get your contract terms guessed right here! Only a buck! Actual live contract guessing! Take a chance and win some crap!” – Florio as Steve Martin, in The Jerk

  13. Sonoco says: Oct 7, 2009 3:46 PM

    ItalianArmyGuy says:
    October 7, 2009 3:33 PM
    Lucy, you got some ‘splainin to do. You been lying to us with your little headlines. 49ers caved – big time. Eugene Parker got his boy some R&R, a short contract, and bragging rights over all other receivers in the draft.
    *****************************************
    What are you smokin? Crabtree got nothing near DHB money.
    7. Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Oakland Signed 5 years, $38.25 million ($23.5M guaranteed)
    8. Eugene Monroe OT Jacksonville Signed 5 years, $35.4 million ($19.2M guaranteed)
    9. B.J. Raji DT Green Bay Signed 5 years, $28.5 million ($18M guaranteed)
    10. Michael Crabtree WR San Francisco Signed 6 years, $32 million ($17M guaranteed)
    11. Aaron Maybin DE Buffalo Signed 5 years, $25 million ($15M guaranteed)
    The Niners didn’t cave in any way.

  14. Rex Grossman says: Oct 7, 2009 3:46 PM

    Even as a huge Bears fan, I laughed out loud when I saw Johnny Knox listed there. Good one, Mike.

  15. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Oct 7, 2009 3:48 PM

    I don’t like being vindictive, but when a guy is as big a bonehead as Crabtree is, I hope he is a total failure in the NFL. (Wouldn’t be the first time a first round holdout rookie failed, would it?)

  16. 49ersrevenge says: Oct 7, 2009 3:54 PM

    Coming into the draft Crabtree was a potential pro bowler. What has changed? He wont do too much damage this year but he could eventually pass a lot of the guys on that list. How easily we forget things.

  17. Steve says: Oct 7, 2009 3:58 PM

    ItalianArmyGuy=Eugene Parker
    It’s the only way to explain it.

  18. NFLMMAfan says: Oct 7, 2009 4:02 PM

    Florio – Is this your hobby or part-time job? Or is your ego so big you feel you don’t have to do the work required to be a professional?

  19. rykelly06 says: Oct 7, 2009 4:02 PM

    ItalianArmyGuy says: October 7, 2009 3:33 PM
    Now Florio, you’ve been screaming for 2 straight days that there is no way he gets more than $20 mil, with $16 mil guaranteed, minus some cash for time missed.
    So now you report $32 mil and $17 guaranteed – better than the #7 pick got with Oakland?
    —————–
    You’re an idiot, “ItalianArmyGuy.”
    I don’t know how they do math in the Italian Army, but to the rest of the world, $32m total is less than $38.25…and $17m guaranteed is less than $23.5m.
    Not to mention, Crabtree’s totals are theoretically divided over 6 years, not 5.
    If Crabtree gets out of the 6th year, those totals are even less…dropping down to $13m guaranteed and $28 max.

  20. Route36West says: Oct 7, 2009 4:08 PM

    Florio dont forget if he would have done this deal in July he would have had the 2009 season to meet the 80% of the offensive snaps or make the pro-bowl which would have gave him an extra year to meet his excalators. Like you said now he has to do it one year faster. I think that is where it hurts him the most. So even tho hes getting paid now for the 8 games he missed this year(pre-season)its likely going to cost him millions of dollars in the long run.

  21. Kidekk says: Oct 7, 2009 4:08 PM

    You pulled half of those WRs out of your ass, didn’t you?

  22. CT Pats Fan says: Oct 7, 2009 4:10 PM

    Are teams going to want to sign players associated with Parker from now on? Players under him hold out, and that’s a part of the financial equation teams will have to take into account when drafting young players, no doubt.

  23. DJ Proteus says: Oct 7, 2009 4:16 PM

    The league needs a rookie salary structure. That’s a lot of dough for any unproven rookie. Wide Receiver is one of the toughest positions to “make it” in pro ball. Look at all of Detroits choices. Four first pick WRs and C. Williams is the only keeper.

  24. TSE says: Oct 7, 2009 4:21 PM

    This is a terrible deal for Crabtree, I am utterly shocked. I saw a rumor on another site that said MC Hammer was involved because he had some “off the books” connections and they were insinuating he was doing something on the side in some kind of other business deal for extra compensation that he would then kick back to Crabs.

  25. touchdowntrabo says: Oct 7, 2009 4:23 PM

    Will someone please tell ItalianArmyGuy that everything he says is absolutely retarded?
    SERIOUSLY, EVERYTHING YOU SAY…
    IS ABSOLUTELY RETARDED.
    I hope you spend some time in a library dude, because you’re as dumb as they come.

  26. lajimmy says: Oct 7, 2009 4:25 PM

    italianarmyguy,
    Read before you post.
    The best Crabtree can hope for is that he plays well enough to void the deal to 5 years and 28 Mill. That’s only 4 and a half mill more than Raji ahead of him while Raji has easier incentives in which to earn more than Crabtree, and the only way he does that is if he plays well enough to go to the probowl a couple of times. If that were to happen, then I’m sure the 49ers would have no problem paying that extra 4.5 mill. Realistically, that ain’t gonna happen though, so this is going to be a 6 year deal worth 32 mill with 17 mill guaranteed. Contrast that with the fact he had a deal on the table that would’ve been 5 years and 16 mill guaranteed, and you see that Crabtree not only caved, he got shafted for an extra season that is likely to happen.
    It was a stupid holdout that didn’t net him anything other than a rep of being a jackass and a 6th year that wouldn’t have been added had he come to camp on time. Kid is an idiot.

  27. jrd8523 says: Oct 7, 2009 4:30 PM

    ItalianArmyGuy says:
    October 7, 2009 3:33 PM
    Lucy, you got some ‘splainin to do. You been lying to us with your little headlines. 49ers caved – big time. Eugene Parker got his boy some R&R, a short contract, and bragging rights over all other receivers in the draft.
    ———————-
    I dont think ItalianArmyGuy understands how to read the numbers.
    He has an extra year, guranteed money that slots exactly into the 10 spot, and hard to reach escalators.
    The 49ers caved? By sticking to the 10 slot and then having him sign for guranteed money that slots into the 10 spot? Yeah right.

  28. NoFootballtalk says: Oct 7, 2009 4:35 PM

    Johnny Knox? Hakeem Nicks? Percy Harvin? You’ve officially lost it. Harvin is a kick returner with average receiving skills for a rookie. Knox is ok… Hakeem Nicks played in like 1 or 2 games and scored a TD vs the Bucs. Hooray. And Houshmandzadeh sucks this year. I agree that DeSean Jackson and the other Steve Smith are on the cusp of Pro Bowl seasons, though. You forgot Marques Colston, though

  29. 49ersFaithful says: Oct 7, 2009 4:54 PM

    Italian Army Homo is seriously slow. He has no clue what he is saying. The 49ers won big time on this contract. And ItalianArmyHomo…it is a 6 YEAR DEAL so that means the numbers are divided over 6 YEARS…not 5 years. Wow…it is amazing how retarded one can be.
    $17 million in guaranteed money over 6 years! That is still less than Raji will get over 5 years.
    Have I mentioned already that ItalianArmyHomo is retarded? It is highly unlikely, but more probable than ItalianArmyHomo gets a brain from the Wizard, that he Crabtree gets to see the full $32.5 million. No way on that.
    ItalianArmyHomo and Eugene Parker and MC Hammer make a great negotiating team.

  30. gonuts says: Oct 7, 2009 4:58 PM

    One word to describe Crabtree and his agent…LOSER

  31. 49ersFaithful says: Oct 7, 2009 4:59 PM

    ItalianArmyGuy-
    You having any luck yet going to the Wizard of OZ and asking for a brain. Because you really made no sense.
    ZERO sense!!

  32. ItalianArmyGuy says: Oct 7, 2009 5:00 PM

    Steve says: October 7, 2009 3:58 PM
    ItalianArmyGuy=Eugene Parker
    It’s the only way to explain it.
    ============
    LOL! Yes, I did get my numbers wrong on Bey’s contract in the above post. He’s still got higher numbers than Florio screamed about for 2 days, and got away with not getting a late penalty which Florio nearly promised for the past 2 weeks. Also, from my perspective, he did do better than the #9.
    However, in honor of the 49ers becoming a legit playoff contender today, I will end my ranting, and leave you with this rap haiku:
    Parker? Not MY name.
    Told you homeboy, Can’t touch this
    Now – stop! Hammer time

  33. MitchAlbom'sEars says: Oct 7, 2009 5:05 PM

    So if Crabtree plays Sunday does this make all the OTA’s and training camp kinda a “over kill”.
    If he is healthy and of course not taking any hits since last season this is a great early season pick up for the 49′ers.
    I would be very concerned about consistent QB play but from the ashes of Eddie’s forced leave the niners have a nice future especially playing in the NFC West.

  34. this class sucks says: Oct 7, 2009 5:06 PM

    Italianarmyguy is a steelers fan, his name is reference to Franco’s Italian Army from the 70s.

  35. 49ersFaithful says: Oct 7, 2009 5:07 PM

    WOW!!
    Because Florio was referring to a 5 YEAR DEAL man! Please shut up and accept that you are slow.

  36. Burritto says: Oct 7, 2009 5:18 PM

    “Frankly, he’ll be hard pressed to make it to one Pro Bowl in three years with the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith, the other Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, DeSean Jackson, Johnny Knox, Percy Harvin, Greg Jennings, Roddy White, T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the same conference.”
    *Two of these things are not like the others. Two of these things don’t belong*

  37. CHILDPLEASE says: Oct 7, 2009 5:22 PM

    I believe you forgot the main reason that Crabtree will never see a dime in the incentive….Who is the quarterback for the 49ers?

  38. TonyRandazzo says: Oct 7, 2009 5:23 PM

    Crabtree got crap, compared to what he originally wanted. Keep in mind he thoought he would be a top 3-5 pick. And he got nowhere near that cash.
    Parker flubbed this one big time.
    That guy will be knocking on doors selling comedy tickets with another “fiasco” like that.
    I agree Crabtree will not get into the Pro-Bowl anytime soon, but not because of that list but because other players will not be voting for that guy, for another 3-4 years tops.

  39. CapsLockKey says: Oct 7, 2009 5:24 PM

    Comparing his contract to the other slotted ones isn’t exactly the same since he’s already sat out for a quarter of the season along with all of TC. I’d say Crabtree did ok considering the circumstances. He basically got a couple months worth of free money since his deal falls right in line as if he signed it July 1.

  40. Steve says: Oct 7, 2009 6:03 PM

    Crabtree/Parker were hoping the Niners would crash and the fans would start howling for them to cave in to Crab’s demands.
    Instead, the Niners are one of the biggest surprises of the year and people were forgetting who Crabtree was. He was in danger of missing the train. He climbed aboard at the last minute.

  41. nssmith says: Oct 7, 2009 6:07 PM

    I’m with http://www.49ersMerchandise.com on the 10-6 record prediction for this year. Good luck to Mr. Crabtree. We’ll be cheering for you on Sunday!

  42. PDXNinerfan says: Oct 7, 2009 6:32 PM

    “Meanwhile, the deal falls well short of the mark for which Crabtree and agent Eugene Parker were aiming — the five-year, $38.25 million contract paid by the Raiders to receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall pick in the draft.”
    ————–
    You made an error above…it should read “$38.25 million MISTAKE paid by the Raiders”.
    Crabtree could get a career ending injury tomorrow and the 49ers could hold their heads higher than that mess happening across the bay.
    Of course Alex Smith is a bust, but there are many at QB over the years (*ahem* Jamarcus *ahem*). Vernon has turned around and the other new Niner recruits are doing fine both character and play.
    Personally I see no shame in the contract negotiated by the 49ers and I am very happy with the outcome. Let’s now see if Crabtree is 1) hurt, 2) going to be the next TO, 3) going to go all Rashaun Woods, etc. He wouldn’t be the first and not the last, but hopefully he turns into the next Anquan or Larry or better yet Andre Johnson (though I think that’s a reach).

  43. Backinthesaddle says: Oct 7, 2009 8:04 PM

    He gets $17,000,000.00 guaranteed….and he’s done absolutely nothing to earn it. As far as I’m concerned no rookie should get any guaranteed up front money. They should prove themselves and EARN their pay rate based on merit.
    Of course to the union the word MERIT is evil while at the same time the sleazy agents are completely devoid of all such rational thought that doesn’t mean more more more.
    With all that said…I’m glad these greedy bastards could weasel more money than the slotting position calls for.
    At this point I hope the kid does well. I’d like to see him actually EARN his money.

  44. Ben Bernanke says: Oct 7, 2009 8:20 PM

    Which one is the other Steve SMith?

  45. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 7, 2009 9:35 PM

    Giants Steve Smith
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10495

  46. Codebeard says: Oct 8, 2009 7:08 AM

    ItalianArmyGuy says:
    October 7, 2009 3:33 PM
    And you don’t think he can play in 80% of his offensive plays for 2 years? He’ll be gone after 5 years – bank it. You really think Hakeem Nicks, Johnny Knox, Roddy White, and Greg Jennings are going to keep him from the Pro Bowl for 3 straight years? LOL.
    ===
    Read the article a little more closely. He has to make AT LEAST one Pro Bowl. If he is not selected to any Pro Bowls, he will not be able to void the deal regardless. Remember this: this is a conference with Anquan Boldin, Desean Jackson, Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, both Steve Smiths, and several other top quality receivers. That will be tough, especially with Hill as his QB.
    Secondly if he makes exactly one Pro Bowl, he has to participate in 80% of the offensive snaps WHEN THE TEAM MAKES THE PLAYOFFS. If San Fran doesn’t make the playoffs at all over the next few years, it doesn’t matter if he is in 100% of the offensive snaps, it still won’t count towards voiding the end of the deal.
    So this is definitely a scenario where it’s possible, but just barely he’ll be able to knock off the last year.

  47. OldSkoolRules says: Oct 8, 2009 10:07 AM

    I love this contract. The best part about it is the “discretionary salary advance” clause. Basically that is a “prevent offense” by the Niner brass to insure that if his Crybaby ways return and Parker raises his snake head to ask for more money…essentially, the Niners included a clause that will make Parker & Crybaby forfeit the bonus. All rookies should have this clause as mandatory if we can’t have a rookie salary cap before 2011. But with Parkers intellectual analysis, he will tell Crybaby that they will forfeit the bonus for more money on a new contract. Crybaby better get rid of Parker…your agent is supposed to make you money. He already lost $1M in playing time, he cannot reach the majority of bonuses unless some miracle happens, and he cannot ask for a new contract without losing money first. Plus the overall contract is of less value than the one offered in the first place. So all I see is that Parker cost his client million$. Parker should have done this contract for free.

  48. tjstyles says: Oct 8, 2009 11:05 AM

    I have a lot of respect for the San Fransisco 49ers for not trying to punish Crabtree by lowering the deal. Though, I believe this is a situation where the 49ers would have been justified, they showed a lot of class by not doing so. Contrast that to the Lakers who penalized Odom for volunteering to take only a 29% pay cut this year instead of the 36% they wanted to give him. They ended up giving him a 43% paycut when they reentered negotiations.
    I truly believe that a lot of the holdout issues and contract disputes are the fault of the owners and management not taking a proactive approach to contract renegotiations. If the Arizona Cardinals had gone up to Boldin last year and said, “we see you out performed your contract last year, and we would like to reward you”, they would probably have been able to pay him much less than he was asking for, and had a happy receiver instead of the circus they had instead. If our employers treated us like most professional sports organizations treated their players, we would walk out. I know I would.
    And I don’t want to hear about how much money these guys make and they should just deal with it. I make a nice chunk of change, but I am not about to be taken advantage of by my company. I am responsible for making the company a significant amount of it’s revenue (I maintain and develop the system that customers purchase our products from and our users sell with). NFL players generate a lot of revenue, and they should be compensated accordingly. Everyone thinks Favre should retire after 19 years in the business. They thought he should have retired two seasons ago. At 19 years doing what I do, I will still be working, and probably about 10 years away from retirement. The average career in the NFL is 3.5 seasons. Players need to make sure that they have themselves covered. I have no problem with them asking for large contracts. They risk serious bodily hard every time they step on the field; they should be compensated.

  49. OldSchool_OG says: Oct 8, 2009 11:17 AM

    I agree with all those that said that the rookie salary structure needs to be restructured. I have a problem with anyone getting all these millions and haven’t set foot on a professional playing field. These holdouts only hurt the player from gaining the exposure and experience of playing a the professional level. This is true in any sport but probably is more prevelant in football since just the speed of the game is twice a fast as in college. Crab did himselp a deservice by holding out and his agent should be shot (even though he’ll get his money regardless of the players success or not). You think he would have learned from the problems that quarterback in Oakland is experiencing even today from his holdout days but I guess this generation’s motto is pay me now and I’ll worry about the future later, which probably will be short-lived. I’m sure the DB’s and veteran safety from the other teams will do what they can to see that he receives is just due the first time he catches on across the middle in a real game. I think he needs to find an agent that has his best interest at heart whose motivate goes beyond the money. If he plays to the level expected by so many..eventually he’ll get paid. Now he is has a target, so we’ll see how well he can take a hit(s) an he will earn all those millions through pain and suffering. What happen to the concept of a team player? Whose team is he on?

  50. Syed says: Oct 8, 2009 2:21 PM

    Former Pro Bowlers or Pro Bowl alternates:
    Larry Fitzgerald
    Anquan Boldin
    Steve Smith – NYG
    Roddy White
    T.J. Houshmandzadeh – 2 years ago
    Calvin Johnson – alternate last year
    Pro Bowl pre-season favorites:
    Greg Jennings
    Pro Bowl threatening in 2 or 3 years:
    Steve Smith – NYG
    Hakeem Nicks
    - This one can be argued, but it won’t be hard to see one of these guys in the Pro Bowl soon, due to the QB and the media market.
    That leaves Johnny Knox, Percy Harvin and DeSean Jackson. Why would they take a spot away from Crabtree? Because they’re RETURNERS. These three basically prevent Crabtree from sneaking into a Pro Bowl berth by playing KR in SF (by taking Allen Rossum’s job).
    I hope this explains why that list of people is going to clog up Crabtree’s chances at a Pro Bowl in the next 3 years.

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