Silver: Niners are dropping their offer to Crabtree

Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, whose Monday Rush column is every bit as entertaining as — but night-and-day different from — Peter King’s MMQB, drops an intriguing nugget in a Week One diatribe directed at unsigned 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.

Says Silver:  “I’d like to wish Michael Crabtree a happy birthday — the 49ers’ first-round draft pick turned 22 Monday — and I hope he gets a call from his mother, a yummy cake, lots of awesome presents . . . and, most important, a clue.”

Silver also confirms something about which Jay Glazer of FOX reported on Sunday.  With each game Crabtree misses, money is coming off the table.

It makes sense.  If the guy ultimately will be signing a five-year contract with guaranteed money and a total value premised on 80 regular-season games, the guaranteed money and the total value should drop with each game that is forever lost.

So with $16 million in guaranteed money on the table, the cost in guaranteed dollars for each lost game rightly should be $200,000.

The key factor here is that ownership, the front office, and the coaching staff are on the same page regarding the importance of holding the line.  And who knows?  The sense of unity and camaraderie that flows from staring down a diva who might suddenly be thinking that those new-old gold helmets and pants look a lot better after beating the defending NFC champs could provide a greater benefit to the franchise than anything Crabtree could ever do on the field.

It also might help the Niners recapture much of the national following that has scattered to other teams in the 15 years since San Fran last won a Super Bowl.

34 responses to “Silver: Niners are dropping their offer to Crabtree

  1. The national following that “scattered? What a stupid choice of words. I picture fans running across the bay bridge when I hear that. Once an idiot, always a sportswriter.

  2. I hope he continues to hold out and their offer keeps dropping, because while he’s losing the guaranteed money every week, he’s also losing the chance to earn the bonuses in the contract that are based on his performance. The only thing that’d make this better is if there was a rookie cap in the draft next year so no matter where he gets taken there’s no chance he’ll be able to make the money he’s holding out for.

  3. I would drop it 1,000 an hour per year.
    That would be 168,000 a week.
    It’s here for you to sign, just come in when you want to. You won’t make nearly as much next year, because you won’t be drafted as high as you were…

  4. I’ll root for San Fran (or Dallas) to run the table and go 19-0 if it gets the most insufferable fanbase around (we all know who that is) to STFU about winning the most Super Bowls.

  5. if he ends up holding out, I hope the niners pick him again in the 3rd round next year. That would be classic.

  6. “So with $16 million in guaranteed money on the table, the cost in guaranteed dollars for each lost game rightly should be $200,000.”
    After missing all the training so far, he has basically flushed this season down the crapper. Therefore S.F. should reduce the offer more than just a straight proration. Give him his first NFL penalty.

  7. Michael Crabtree is ruining his career with his selfishness. I don’t blame the 49ers for not budging.

  8. Good for them, and if he decides to sit out the entire season, I would draft him again next year if I were the niners. Then to top it off offer him the same exact amount of money an see if the clown is willing to sit out 2 years!

  9. Good, I don’t believe that there are 2 teams interested in him – Deion was just bluffing. I also can’t see a team taking him, after all of this AND being out the whole year, with their first pick in the draft next year. No way he makes that much money from anyone next year. The money being offered now is the most he’ll be offered for the next 5-6 years.

  10. Good for San Fran to stay pat and not budge on this little bitch… this is gonna make next years draft fun to watch how far hes gonna slide down in the rounds and to compare the money he could have to what he will get!!

  11. Plus, if they hold the line and he re-enters the draft, the 49ers will have the cred to tell future would be slot busters that it’s not gonna happen.

  12. Tooo funny. I hope he gets drafted in the 2nd round next year. Holds out for 1st round money. Re-enters the draft. Gets drafted in the 4th round. Then holds out for 2nd round money. And then finally some sucker team gives in. Finds out he’s not as good as he thinks he is and cuts him.

  13. I think SF is smart to pull their offer. Crabtree’s agent has no intention of letting him sign for less. Let him go in the draft. There are some pretty stupid teams out there (Brown , paging Mr. Mike Brown) who will give him his money. But he has still lost a year of NFL football. He has lost a year towards free agency. He has lost a year of earning power.
    Personally, I hope he slips in the shower while whacking off to pictures of himself and tears his ACL. Then his next contract will be as senior fry cook at the local In-N-Out Burger.

  14. i know, i know i thought they would cave in by now too michael, but remember uuuu said that sixteen mil guaranteed wasn’t enough. i know, i know i promised u would b the first receiver drafted. f@#k u too michael
    thanks to the” patriot act ” this conversation was revealed today to the public

  15. The 49ers are becoming my 2nd fav team… good luck getting anything close to this much money next year crabapple! The nerve to turn down $16 million guaranteed!

  16. The only way Crabtree saves face now is to fire his agent, sign the contract and then proceed to throw his former agent under the bus. To be in his position and still not have a regular paycheck has got to sting.
    I wonder if he’s collecting unemployment? 🙂

  17. I hope the niners dock him more than individual game pay, since he is worthless to the team this year anyway. Let him re-enter the draft. I’d rather have Dez Bryant (with the Panthers first rounf pick that we aquired) anyway.

  18. hayward giablommi says:
    September 14, 2009 5:06 PM
    I’ll root for San Fran (or Dallas) to run the table and go 19-0 if it gets the most insufferable fanbase around (we all know who that is) to STFU about winning the most Super Bowls.
    __________
    So now you Pats fan idiots are claiming to have won the most Super Bowls too? Because there is NO DOUBT that you chumps are the MOST insufferable fanbase around, haywoodjablowtheentirepatsteam.

  19. This is just a theory but I think a team such as Dallas or Washington (who else could it be…maybe Denver) have told Crabtree, may be through Deion, that if he sits out they will draft him next year and pay him the money he wants. This would be tampering but it appears that the NFL really doesn’t care about tampering unless of course you are the Niners (Briggs). Either way they are playing this right and he probably will join with a win in week 2, or if my theory is correct sit out this year and end up getting paid a lot by some moron owner.

  20. “…# hayward giablommi says: September 14, 2009 5:06 PM
    I’ll root for San Fran (or Dallas) to run the table and go 19-0 if it gets the most insufferable fanbase around (we all know who that is) to STFU about winning the most Super Bowls…”
    More veiled jealously.
    If your team had six Lombardis, you and the rest of the NE cattle would be shouting it from the rooftops in every post and you know it. What a ‘tard.

  21. Vet735 says:
    September 14, 2009 5:42 PM
    I think SF is smart to pull their offer. Crabtree’s agent has no intention of letting him sign for less. Let him go in the draft. There are some pretty stupid teams out there (Brown , paging Mr. Mike Brown) who will give him his money. But he has still lost a year of NFL football. He has lost a year towards free agency. He has lost a year of earning power.
    Personally, I hope he slips in the shower while whacking off to pictures of himself and tears his ACL. Then his next contract will be as senior fry cook at the local In-N-Out Burger.
    ____________
    More like senior barrel hugger at the local In-N-Out prison cell.

  22. I may be wrong, and often am….
    Was his bitch not about D.H.B. getting more money from the Raiders, than he was offered from the 49rs?
    If so, I pray (Not only for my Raidahhs.) but for the demise of this 22 year old prima dona… That D.H.B has a stellar game.

  23. If the Niners caved I was ready to jump teams. Then they beat the Cards and reduce their offer. I’m falling back in love.

  24. hayward giablommi says:
    September 14, 2009 5:06 PM
    I’ll root for San Fran (or Dallas) to run the table and go 19-0 if it gets the most insufferable fanbase around (we all know who that is) to STFU about winning the most Super Bowls.
    ____________________
    In tj.52’s world you’re insufferable if you don’t let him piss down your leg all day and thank him for it.

  25. I bet he feels that he’s caught in a crabtrap.
    Go back to the draft and learn how to enunciate your words in your down time.

  26. Who really Cares ? Out here , on the East Coast The Patriots are #1 , and Tom Brady will , once again, lead them to Super Bowl Greatness…
    Randy Moss is Magic , and and will, again show why he’s the Best receiver in Football…

  27. “The key factor here is that ownership, the front office, and the coaching staff are on the same page regarding the importance of holding the line. And who knows? The sense of unity and camaraderie that flows from staring down a diva who might suddenly be thinking that those new-old gold helmets and pants look a lot better after beating the defending NFC champs could provide a greater benefit to the franchise than anything Crabtree could ever do on the field.”
    JIBRISH! Florio, you think maybe you could write an article one time without having a sentence like this that only after reading it carefully 40 times can you vaguely comprehend what the hell you are talking about.

  28. Headline should be “Niners are reducing their offer to Crabtree”
    I think “dropping their offer” sounds like they are talking ALL offers off the table and insisting he re-enter 2010 Draft.

  29. i’d be for the 49’ers taking more than single-game checks off the offer table for each game he misses. you can’t put a monetary value on the time he has missed in OTA’s, training camp, and preseason games with his teammates.
    if he came and signed today, why should he get all but one game check? he missed all of the offseason. I’d be taking a million dollars off per game he misses.
    let him re-enter the draft. what would be GREAT is if the teams all colluded and agreed to not draft him before a certain round. teach this selfish idiot to understand & respect the system

  30. THE FACT THAT MIKEY (IS WHAT HE SHOULD BE CALLED NOW…..SINCE HE IS A LITTLE BITCH) HASNT PLAYED AN NFL DOWN IS SIMPLY REMARKABLE…….
    THINK BOUT IT, HOW STUPID U THINK HIS AGENT AND FAMILY MUST BE.
    NO, NO MIKE DONT TAKE $20 MILLION…..OVER 5 YEARS….THATS NOT ENOUGH……
    I HOPE THIS FOOL DONT PLAY EVER

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