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Niners, Crabtree finally do a deal

Well, it’s over.

After three months and threats of a full-year holdout and re-entry into the draft, receiver Michael Crabtree has agreed to terms with the 49ers, according to Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com and Adam Schefter of ESPN.

It’s a six-year deal that voids to five if, as Glazer reports, Crabtree has great years in two of his first four seasons.  If Crabtree fails to reach the production trigger, the sixth year pays him only $4 million.

This specific detail sheds no light, however, on whether the 49ers held firm to the slot applicable to the tenth overall pick in the draft.  We’ve got a feeling that there will be enough fluff and ambiguity to permit reasonable minds to differ on this point, which then will allow each side to plausibly claim victory.

Or, perhaps more accurately, to plausibly save face.

Indeed, Schefter characterizes the deal as a win-win. 

On the surface, it is.  Because the ongoing impasse was causing both sides to lose.

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24 Responses to “Niners, Crabtree finally do a deal”
  1. Tangeuray says: Oct 7, 2009 7:04 AM

    This news made me
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pXfHLUlZf4

  2. BasicInstinct says: Oct 7, 2009 7:05 AM

    Does that mean he’ll be on the practice field this week?

  3. filthymcnasty says: Oct 7, 2009 7:07 AM

    WOW….when Gore comes back and Crabtree pulls his head completely out of his ass…this team could make a serious run

  4. firesnake says: Oct 7, 2009 7:09 AM

    Might be only me, but currently I cannot imagine the combo Hill and Crabtree to be the next great 100 TD duo.
    And my doubts are not on Hill’s side …
    Without a doubt, Mangini and Davis were right on this one.

  5. Ike Huminspurts says: Oct 7, 2009 7:13 AM

    The sixth year is probably a ridiculous number to make the deal look inflated. If this kid proves to have the talent to stick around that long then he will no doubt be renegotiated before the end of his deal anyway..and if not then in essence it is a 5 year deal. Anyways, as always MM you are on top of it..just saw this on Sportscenter when I woke up and you already had it posted. At least there are no more questions coming about when he can be traded, him being injured, not wanting to play for the 9ers, and where he would go in next year’s draft. ready to see him prove the label of best reciever in the draft and justify his agent’s decision to hold him out.

  6. Ike Huminspurts says: Oct 7, 2009 7:18 AM

    Oh Well…no “Derek Jeter” or Peter “Jeter”…the world would have been a better place

  7. Florida Boi says: Oct 7, 2009 7:19 AM

    Well its about time. The 49ers can use him but the 49ers dont need him. Its proven with their 3-1 start.

  8. SteveC says: Oct 7, 2009 7:22 AM

    49ers baaaaaaaaabbbbyyy!! Two first round picks next year with Carolina’s most likely a top ten….49ers something serious again!!

  9. Old Manny of the Mountains says: Oct 7, 2009 7:31 AM

    There is no way in hell he will see the sixth year of that contract. Hell, he probably won’t see the 4th year of that deal. I hope that Singletary rips him a new asshole in practice.

  10. DG0122 says: Oct 7, 2009 7:32 AM

    I dreamed it in my head that he would sign a deal…
    now he is making even more than in college with he and his roommates’ “distribution” business

  11. wydok says: Oct 7, 2009 7:47 AM

    Finally! Now you can shut up about it.

  12. DonTerrelli says: Oct 7, 2009 7:47 AM

    This story has been followed and covered so much, I’m shocked you’re not having it as the main headline all day.
    /as I login to my fantasy league to scoop him first

  13. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 7, 2009 7:50 AM

    My prediction:
    He has his first hundred yard game during his third start.
    And immediately holds out for a new contract.

  14. realityonetwo says: Oct 7, 2009 7:50 AM

    A “win-win” would be signing him in the spring, having him show up on time to training camp and being ready to play on opening day.
    That would have been a “win-win,” not this joke of a scenario like butt-kisser Schefter says…

  15. Your comment submission failed for the following reasons: Registration is required. says: Oct 7, 2009 7:54 AM

    This is horrible news….
    I was so looking forward to the spectacle that would have ensued when he re-entered the coming draft.

  16. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 7, 2009 8:06 AM

    No doubt that Deion will be crowing about how HE got them together.

  17. HughJassPhD says: Oct 7, 2009 8:38 AM

    HAMMER!!!!

  18. Mr Krinkle says: Oct 7, 2009 8:49 AM

    “if Crabtree has great years in two of his first four seasons.”
    Well throw 2009 out of the window.

  19. DcNinerFan says: Oct 7, 2009 9:07 AM

    I can’t wait for Singletary to whip this guy into mental and physical shape. If he can do it with Vernon Davis, he can do it with anyone.

  20. schism says: Oct 7, 2009 9:20 AM

    I really can’t imagine this kid being welcomed into any locker room.
    he is the new poster boy for wideout crybabies.

  21. shawnc16 says: Oct 7, 2009 9:27 AM

    TFBuckFutter says:
    October 7, 2009 7:50 AM
    My prediction:
    He has his first hundred yard game during his third start.
    And immediately holds out for a new contract.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Eventually we will be to the point where guys hold out after a big play and are on the sidelines on the phone negotiating deals to get them to go back in.

  22. Paul_R. says: Oct 7, 2009 9:57 AM

    “We’ve got a feeling that there will be enough fluff and ambiguity to permit reasonable minds to differ on this point, which then will allow each side to plausibly claim victory.
    Or, perhaps more accurately, to plausibly save face.”
    Only Parker and Crabtree needed to save face. The 49ers made a respectable offer from the beginning and stuck to it. Parker and Crabtree lost their ability to negotiate a (tampering) deal with one or more teams (because Sanders opened his mouth) and they knew it, so they had to do an abrupt about-face and head back to the 49ers. Holding out would no longer have worked.

  23. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 7, 2009 12:32 PM

    this is a win for crabtree, and sends the wrong message to rookies & NFL draft hopefuls everywhere IMO.
    crabtree holds out for impractical & unreasonable money. he doesn’t participate in any of the off-season activities, meetings, or training camp. He gets a 5 month vacation after college, and STILL gets to sign at his draft spot’s money.
    yeah, that is a “win” for crabtree and parker. AND sends a great message to any other future NFL players that might feel they’re worth a higher draft slot. :rolleyes:

  24. Paul_R. says: Oct 7, 2009 1:32 PM

    texasPHINSfan says:
    this is a win for crabtree, and sends the wrong message to rookies & NFL draft hopefuls everywhere IMO.
    crabtree holds out for impractical & unreasonable money. he doesn’t participate in any of the off-season activities, meetings, or training camp. He gets a 5 month vacation after college, and STILL gets to sign at his draft spot’s money.
    ___________________________
    I actually can’t disagree with you. Parker and Crabtree did win by actually being able to sign a contract that was, for all practical purposes, what was originally offered. The 49ers had them over a barrel because, absent any tampering, Crabtree would never have come close to sniffing at this contract if he had held out and re-entered the draft.
    It would not surprise me if NFL teams began to exclude Eugene Parker clients from their pre-draft boards similar to the way that some MLB teams exclude Scott Boras clients. That certainly is a way to get this Parker to “get with the program” and quit being a diva. And, there’s too many other good agents out there who do well for their clients without trying to upset the entire apple cart. At some point, prospects will get the hint and avoid Parker.
    Crabtree should be embarrassed at this point. He’s lost much too much time to really have much impact this season, especially when it was completely avoidable. He’s got a lot to make up, especially the playbook and getting on the same page with the quarterback as far as timing and a lot of other things. There’s no chemistry there because he hasn’t caught a single pass yet or even run a route in practice.

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