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Crabtree's holdout gained nothing

Though, in the end, the hard numbers will tell the whole story, the early talk in league circles is that the extended holdout in which 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree engaged gained nothing for the player.

We’re told that, in the end, the 49ers did the deal now that they would have done in July, if Crabtree and agent Eugene Parker hadn’t been insisting on breaking the slotting process and pocketing a contract similar to if not better than the package signed by receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall selection.

Parker’s strategy, we’re told, was to ignore the 49ers, in the hopes that the team would bid against itself and ultimately cross the boundaries set by the contracts given to the No. 9 and No. 8 overall selections.

The ploy didn’t work.  And so, when Crabtree and Parker decided to fly unannounced to the Bay Area on Monday to resume negotiations, Parker was essentially pressing the “play” button following roughly three months of being parked on “pause.”

So, yes, the 49ers made concessions as to the deal that was on the table — just as they would have done if Parker had flown to San Fran in late July with the intention of doing a deal that didn’t blow out the slotting process.  And, yes, we fully expect the deal to contain fluff and other stuff aimed at allowing Parker to avoid doing any damage to his recruiting effort for next year’s crop of rookies. 

But the bottom line is that Crabtree could have had roughly the same deal in July, and he would have been well on his way to making real contributions as a rookie.

Moving forward, it remains to be seen what he manages to do in his first NFL season.  The simple reality, however, is that any blown assignment or pulled hamstring or dropped pass will be followed by a reference to his lengthy holdout, with a question as to whether it played a role.

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28 Responses to “Crabtree's holdout gained nothing”
  1. Krow says: Oct 7, 2009 8:19 AM

    Let’s all remember this the next time some fool declares that he’s going back into the draft.

  2. redsysu says: Oct 7, 2009 8:26 AM

    I’m glad he didnt get anything more… He’s going to be a cancer in that locker room…

  3. DonTerrelli says: Oct 7, 2009 8:28 AM

    So, do they have to drop a player now to add him? Were they going through the season with 52 guys?

  4. DeluxeReverb says: Oct 7, 2009 8:28 AM

    Crabtree is hurt. Just wait for the season ending injury report in the next 20 days.

  5. bearsrule says: Oct 7, 2009 8:34 AM

    I tip my hat to the 49ers. I had started to root against him and his moron agent. Now, that Crabtree has signed, he should fire that ass and get an agent that wants to work for his benefit.

  6. HughJassPhD says: Oct 7, 2009 8:47 AM

    HAMMMER!!!!!

  7. SteveC says: Oct 7, 2009 8:51 AM

    Florio, can you be anymore of a hater ?

  8. psychobob671 says: Oct 7, 2009 9:00 AM

    Crabtree = Idiot
    SF should have let him rot on the vine
    I’ve lost all respect for Mike and this will bite
    him in the ass.
    They just payed a bunch of money
    for a guy that won’t start or finish the season.
    Time to start rooting for Arizona a gain.

  9. Harm City Homer says: Oct 7, 2009 9:03 AM

    There is no “slotting process” or system.
    There is a system of get what you can get up front because you can not break the “contract” the way the team can.
    I have no problem with you hating on the system, but you have no reason to hate on a player for playing it.

  10. Devils Advocate says: Oct 7, 2009 9:08 AM

    i am glad the child did not get more than what the slotting system allowed
    but, it’s pretty sad when the child pulls a “hissy fit” but comes out smelling like a rose and doesnt lose anything. the season is 25% completed and he just struts in – “no mas”!
    lets see if he checks his attitude at the door or we are going to be blessed with another “cocky” WR in this league. will he be another “Kraka-T.O.” or just a “Crab-apple” time will tell.

  11. HarrisonHits says: Oct 7, 2009 9:09 AM

    If they gave him the same thing they offered him 3 months ago the 9ers are retarded. It should have been reduced and shoved up his agent’s rear end take it or leave it a-holes.
    And the MC Hammer thing….. to funny. All anyone looking at signing with Parker next year has to look at is that his highest profile client needed Hammer to get the deal done after an epic fail by Parker.

  12. shawnc16 says: Oct 7, 2009 9:11 AM

    DonTerrelli says:
    October 7, 2009 8:28 AM
    So, do they have to drop a player now to add him? Were they going through the season with 52 guys?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    They will probably ask for and get a roster exemption for 2 weeks whil he learns whatever he can learn that fast. Then they will have to cut a player regardless of if Crabtree is ready to cntribute or not. They will probably drop a WR since they now have (Issac Bruce, Josh Morgan, Brandon Jones, Arnaz Battle, Jason Hill, Michael Spurlock, and of course Michael Crabtree).
    Even though Crabtree won’t be able to contribute much for awhile, they still have so many WRs that losing one at the bottom of the list won’t hurt. (They have not had all those WRs activated at once on gameday anyway, so they won’t miss whichever one they cut).

  13. Nevisyakker says: Oct 7, 2009 9:13 AM

    Well Michael Crabtree, as they say in the theater…Break a leg! Except that in the NFL that is meant to be taken quite literally.

  14. rkelly says: Oct 7, 2009 9:18 AM

    Drew Rosenhaus will announce tomorrow that he now represents Crabtree. What a gift from Eugene.

  15. schism says: Oct 7, 2009 9:30 AM

    is he even in playing condition? what is his broken foot like righ tnow?

  16. Samuel L. Bronkowitz says: Oct 7, 2009 9:30 AM

    // “Crabtree’s holdout gained nothing” //
    …except to prove the douchiness of Crabtree and Parker

  17. sofakingdope says: Oct 7, 2009 9:40 AM

    Personally, I have always felt it was not entirely about the money. Part of me also thinks that he just did not want to play for the 49ers cause they were on tap to be terrible this season. So I think the fact that they are somewhat decent this season has helped.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure he’s a money grubber like 99.99% of the league, but I can’t help but wonder.

  18. Richm2256 says: Oct 7, 2009 9:46 AM

    How bad of an agent is Parker if MC Hammer was called in to seal the deal?
    MC Hammer???? Are you kidding me? Is that guy even still alive?
    HarrisonHits is right, Crabtree came to the Niners hat in hand to close a deal, and they should have taught that bitch – and every other “I’m gonna be a mega-star” draft pick a lesson:
    It’s a sheetload of money, clown, take the friggin’ deal!
    Again, I hope this guy stays healthy and totally stinks the joint out. Totally.

  19. RayDaMayor says: Oct 7, 2009 10:32 AM

    One can only imagine Crabtree on a crossing route and an NFL saftey decides to take this A-hole apart to express his displeasure with the way Crabtree disrespected the 49er’s.
    And this coming from a person who was high on this dipshit when he came out of college.
    If Crabtree catches more than 20 balls, or surpasses 400 yards the rest of the season, I would shocked. Instead he’ll be busy running wrong routes and causing unnecessary interceptions to occur.

  20. tombrookshire says: Oct 7, 2009 10:34 AM

    This is kind of crazy, since, perhaps, Crabtree should have gotten a contract at or near the same money are DHB. That said, how can you keep idiots like the Raiders from picking a guy “too high” in the draft if that is what they choose to do. There is no reason to make Crabtree pay for their dumb mistakes, just because that’s how things are always done in the slotting system. It’s time for a change to the rookie salary scale, which should be an incentive laden, pay for performance system that pays all rookies the same money, which then increases if the rookie proves that he is the real deal. No harm done, and little money paid out if he is a bust. A guy like Ryan Leaf would have been paid a small amount to prove himself.

  21. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Oct 7, 2009 10:36 AM

    They shouldn’t have bothered to try to save face for Parker. They should have just told him, no you are not going to promote your stupid style of agenting at the expense of our team. This is the deal, take it or sit out the season.

  22. nflallyear says: Oct 7, 2009 10:54 AM

    “The simple reality, however, is that any blown assignment or pulled hamstring or dropped pass will be followed by a reference to his lengthy holdout, with a question as to whether it played a role. ” …for at least two years. One or two local games and every national game as though the announcer was the first to say anything.
    He’s a couple; “You have to wonder if he had been in camp would he have (made that catch, made the block, run the right route).” “That’s just a matter of timing. You have to be in camp to get your timing down with the quarterback. It’s so important to be in camp.”

  23. Randall says: Oct 7, 2009 11:04 AM

    # redsysu says: October 7, 2009 8:26 AM
    I’m glad he didnt get anything more… He’s going to be a cancer in that locker room…
    Somehow I don’t see Mike Singletary letting that happen.

  24. painday says: Oct 7, 2009 11:20 AM

    Craptree will have to the produce before i call him Crab. Ihope he can get up to speed with the offence. I am glad the NINERS didn’t overpay. Now lets see how good he is any good.

  25. PDXNinerfan says: Oct 7, 2009 11:25 AM

    And despite ruining a potential legacy that will be forever mared with doubt as to the effects of the holdout, Parker’s pause button routine will likely pay him more than Paraag Marathe’s annual salary.
    And, yes, the next question is injury. I will wonder for the entire season if this ploy was to hide an injury and will always be on pins and needles waiting for it to happen while watching him play.

  26. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 7, 2009 12:25 PM

    this is a win for crabtree, a loss for the 49’ers.
    what does every rookie learn from this? you can’t lose if you hold out, only break even.
    a “fair” contract would have been lower than the proper draft slot, given the events & what he’s missed.
    chalk another undeserved victory up for eugene parker. :rolleyes:

  27. shawnc16 says: Oct 7, 2009 12:28 PM

    sofakingdope says:
    October 7, 2009 9:40 AM
    Personally, I have always felt it was not entirely about the money. Part of me also thinks that he just did not want to play for the 49ers cause they were on tap to be terrible this season. So I think the fact that they are somewhat decent this season has helped.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure he’s a money grubber like 99.99% of the league, but I can’t help but wonder
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I figure it was all about money because most players know if they are going high in the draft 8 times out of 10 they are going to a bad team. I don’t think most rookies are watching the draft wanting to slide they want those bad teams t the top to take them. I think he actually wanted the niners to start bad to increase his leverage.

  28. DogsD says: Oct 7, 2009 1:19 PM

    It is more than just a coincidence that B Edwards signed with the Jets on the same day. I hope the NFL really nails those clowns for tampering considering their actions slowed the 49ers development of Crabtree and harmed team chemistry.

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