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Early reviews on Crabtree suggest the Niners held the slot

Though the hard numbers have not yet been made available for full inspection and scrutiny, multiple sources have indicated that the contract signed by receiver Michael Crabtree with the 49ers does not violate the unwritten rules of the slotting process.

The biggest new wrinkle, which wasn’t part of the 49ers’ original offer, comes from the sixth year at a base salary of only $4 million.

Said one source:  “Can you imagine what the franchise tag will be for wide receivers five years from now?”  (As of 2009, it’s already close to kissing $10 million.)

As Jay Glazer of FOX initially reported, the sixth year voids if Crabtree reaches certain performance triggers.  But, by all accounts, Crabtree will need to perform like the next Larry Fitzgerald to knock the contract from six years to five.

We initially thought that the sixth year was added at only $4 million to help keep the annual average within the range dictated by the tenth overall slot.  We’re told, however, that even without the sixth year, the five-year average is less than the five-year average of the deal signed by the ninth overall selection, defensive lineman B.J. Raji. 

And it’s definitely well below the annual average given to Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, the man whose contract agent Eugene Parker was intent on matching.

So, basically, if Crabtree plays well enough to wipe out the sixth year, he won’t be nearly as happy about that as the 49ers will be.

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23 Responses to “Early reviews on Crabtree suggest the Niners held the slot”
  1. Hap says: Oct 7, 2009 1:17 PM

    Crybabytree’s ploy backfired with the 69ers runaway success. Now, if the 9ers skid, who gets the blame ? This deal is all effed up but I guess it had too happen.

  2. Krow says: Oct 7, 2009 1:20 PM

    I bet there’s some impossible to reach incentive that allows everyone to save face. Like if he’s the Superbowl MVP he gets a $10,000,000 bonus. But the bottom line… there’s no way to wait out the system. You pretty much get paid according to the slot you’re drafted in.

  3. Laz_the_Spaz says: Oct 7, 2009 1:26 PM

    Florio-
    You are a moron. “So, basically, if Crabtree plays well enough to wipe out the sixth year, he won’t be nearly as happy about that as the 49ers will be.”
    Why would the 49ers be HAPPY about that? They’d be losing him for that last year at a bargain basement price. Why don’t you try proofreading your posts instead of being in such a hurry to “break” your stupid opinions errrr news stories.

  4. scrapdawg12 says: Oct 7, 2009 1:37 PM

    Well Crabtree, your doomed. Good luck with Mike Singletary. The guy is going to run you in the ground. Singletary is one guy I would not wanna F with. He humiliated Vernon Davis and now you held out basically 5 weeks. You will be running wind sprints till you puke blood. Your the tackling dummy. Your just straight up his b**** now. Good luck…haha

  5. RIP__21 says: Oct 7, 2009 1:38 PM

    As Jay Glazer of FOX initially reported, the sixth year voids if Crabtree reaches certain performance triggers. But, by all accounts, Crabtree will need to perform like the next Larry Fitzgerald to knock the contract from six years to five.
    Crabtree is the next moss, fitz, wayne, A.Johnson, and S Smith all rolled into one. At least thats what his agent is saying….

  6. jrhsd says: Oct 7, 2009 1:50 PM

    moron, the reason florio said the 49ers would be happy is because he would have turned into a pro bowl type player that they are going to want long term anyway.

  7. birdmancometh says: Oct 7, 2009 1:58 PM

    Yo Spaz! If you are the Niners, you bet your a$$ you want Crabtree to play well enough to void the last year. Would you rather him play like crap just so you can keep him for another year? Something tells me they’d rather him play well and win football games.
    Why don’t you think before you start throwing stones knucklehead.

  8. jamaltimore says: Oct 7, 2009 2:01 PM

    Note to next superstar receiver who want’s to hold out for 2 months or so and then hire’s HAMMER to ultimately get his deal done, YOU ARE AN IDIOT! What is your agent doing for you if he tells you to sit out and delay your development WHILE GETTING YOU NO ADDITIONAL $$$ for DOING IT?” Can’t wait til samari MIKE takes him through a couple of practices! It will definitely be HAMMERTIME for ole Crabs
    If he doesn’t fire his AGENT Immediately after signatures are DRY he’s an IDIOT. The agent should be disciplined for being INCOMPETENT!
    So far I doubt that will happen and Crab’s will probably end up keeping both agent and Hammer on as his Accountant and Finance director! Hope he likes ho’s horses and LOADS of bad clothes and jewerly. Then he’ll be starring in bad remakes of two legit to quit and can’t touch this music videos to launch his acting career.

  9. Hauschild says: Oct 7, 2009 2:07 PM

    Yeah, I clearly see how badly San Fran needs a big-mouthed, candy-ass WR on its team; what, with its 4-0 record and what not.
    It’s amazing how frightfully stupid many GM’s are when they take unnecessary risks on players with very poor character traits. Let another team baby-sit them for 4 years before they have any real understanding of operating in a civil and decent manner. It’s equally amazing how many GM’s get burned time and time again when, really, the writing is already on the wall. Many of these players are very easy reads. You’d think fewer GM’s would fall prey to this phenomenon, but I see no evidence of any decline. It’s really quite astonishing the role that “hype” plays in otherwise very intelligent men’s livelihoods.

  10. The Troof says: Oct 7, 2009 2:13 PM

    How long has the Franchise/Transition Tag been around?… and Laz_the_Spaz still doesn’t get it…

  11. illspaz says: Oct 7, 2009 2:17 PM

    Well Crabtree, your doomed. Good luck with Mike Singletary. The guy is going to run you in the ground. Singletary is one guy I would not wanna F with. He humiliated Vernon Davis and now you held out basically 5 weeks. You will be running wind sprints till you puke blood. Your the tackling dummy. Your just straight up his b**** now. Good luck…haha
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    vernon davis was being a punk, and singletary reprimanded him. you might think crabtree’s a punk too, but there’s no reason a coach would or should punish someone they just signed. he’s been a 49er for 1 day, and he should be treated like one. yes, he’s got to get up to speed and will have to work hard, but that doesn’t mean their coach is going to treat him the same as someone who calls out his teammates, is late to meetings, etc.

  12. Patsfan1776 says: Oct 7, 2009 2:27 PM

    no pressure now Crabtree. PFT nation is watching and I don’t think people are going to be too generous with rookie mistakes since you will be getting going with 25% of the season gone.

  13. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Oct 7, 2009 2:49 PM

    # Laz_the_Spaz says: October 7, 2009 1:26 PM
    Florio-
    You are a moron. “So, basically, if Crabtree plays well enough to wipe out the sixth year, he won’t be nearly as happy about that as the 49ers will be.”
    Why would the 49ers be HAPPY about that? They’d be losing him for that last year at a bargain basement price. Why don’t you try proofreading your posts instead of being in such a hurry to “break” your stupid opinions errrr news stories.
    ———————————————
    Seriously?? Are you really that dense Mr. Self Righteous?? I just got dumber reading your post.
    Let me explain it for the “proofreader” that you think you are and Florio is not. (I can’t even believe I am bothering to enlighten such a mental midget) The performance based triggers are so high, that if Crabtree reaches them, it would mean he was one of the best receivers in the NFL during his first 5 years which would most likely equate to wins and success, which would likely mean that they would be glad to have a problem of having to reward a guy one year earlier if he was such a stud the previous 5 years. Get it?

  14. Laz_the_Spaz says: Oct 7, 2009 2:55 PM

    Jrshad and birdmancometh:
    The whole premise of the post is that the 49ers got this unprecedented contract allowing them to potentially get Crabtree at a bargain price. Your explanation of what Florio “meant” to say makes no sense. It doesn’t fit with the premsis of the post to say that nobody would be more thrilled than Crabtree if he was able to perform well enough to void the sixth year of his contract.
    The sentence should have said, “So, basically, if Crabtree plays well enough to wipe out the sixth year, the 49ERS won’t be nearly as happy as CRABTREE will be (because he voids the sixth year).
    Believe it or not, morons, Floris is capable of making a mistake–he does it quite often.

  15. Laz_the_Spaz says: Oct 7, 2009 3:06 PM

    whatthehellisgoingonoutthere:
    Hard hitting stuff. You really put me in my place.
    Retard, of course the 49ers would be happy if he played at a Pro Bowl level. That’s not the point. The entire article is about getting Crabtree at a bargain price. To spend a whole article talking about that and then, in the last sentence, concluding that nobody would be happier about voiding the contract than the 49ers does not fit. Get it?

  16. Dutch Tomlin says: Oct 7, 2009 3:34 PM

    Laz – You don’t get it. Your blatant ignorance caused me to register and post this. Someone reading at a 3rd grade level could understand this. The contract is still a bargain and if the cheap 6th year is voided the niners will still be happy because he will be playing that well.

  17. ItalianArmyGuy says: Oct 7, 2009 3:35 PM

    @whatthehell – “Seriously?? Are you really that dense Mr. Self Righteous?? I just got dumber reading your post.”
    =============
    No surprise there. You probably get dumber every time you sit on the toilet as well.

  18. Laz_the_Spaz says: Oct 7, 2009 4:11 PM

    Dutch Tomlin:
    A$$hole, stop telling me things I already know. I’M NOT ARGUING THAT THE 49ERS DON’T WANT CRABTREE TO BE GREAT. I am arguing that Florio’s article is poorly written b/c the conclusion is a complete 180 from the entire thesis of the article. Maybe my reading comprehension is TOO high for this forum. I’ll try and dumb it dumb when I’m in here.
    Florio’s next post:
    Today Denver prepared to play San Diego. They had a great week of practice and everyone seems ready to go. Most likely, they will get blown out.

  19. shawnc16 says: Oct 7, 2009 4:56 PM

    ItalianArmyGuy says:
    October 7, 2009 3:35 PM
    @whatthehell – “Seriously?? Are you really that dense Mr. Self Righteous?? I just got dumber reading your post.”
    =============
    No surprise there. You probably get dumber every time you sit on the toilet as well.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Speaking of things that belong in the toilet, look another post by ItalianArmyGirl.

  20. Ralphie says: Oct 7, 2009 5:18 PM

    @Laz_the_Spaz says: “Maybe my reading comprehension is TOO high for this forum. I’ll try and dumb it dumb when I’m in here.”
    ________________________________________
    Nah, stay where you are, you’re responses indicate that you’re right at the level you need to be.

  21. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Oct 7, 2009 5:46 PM

    # Laz_the_Spaz says: October 7, 2009 3:06 PM
    whatthehellisgoingonoutthere:
    Hard hitting stuff. You really put me in my place.
    Retard, of course the 49ers would be happy if he played at a Pro Bowl level. That’s not the point. The entire article is about getting Crabtree at a bargain price. To spend a whole article talking about that and then, in the last sentence, concluding that nobody would be happier about voiding the contract than the 49ers does not fit. Get it?
    ———————–
    No, I don’t get it and neither did the other people who commented about how your post made no sense after you went off on Florio’s words like they were some sort of typo which they weren’t. To void the deal would mean he has to play at a super star level.
    Perhaps Florio should think about spinning off http://profootballtalkfordummies.com so people like you have a place that you feel more comfortable in getting your NFL scoop. 3 out of 7 people after your post seemed to call you out on how dumb it was. Coincidence? I think not……

  22. Laz_the_Spaz says: Oct 7, 2009 10:41 PM

    3 out of 7 guys that probably live in their mother’s basement think I’m an idiot. It’s official then.
    Dude, just because you don’t understand how to write well, doesn’t mean you have to attack people who do. I’m embarassed that a fellow lawyer (Florio) writes the way that he does. It reflects poorly on the profession.

  23. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 8, 2009 12:16 PM

    laz – you lack reading comprehension skills. thousands of people read the article correctly, you don’t.
    but you insist it’s everyone else and not you, right?
    rrrrrrrright.
    florio makes mistakes, sure, but this isn’t one of them. the only mistake here was your mother’s decision to not take the morning after pill.

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