‘Michael Crabtree signs with the 49ers’ is a headline few expected to see. But Michael Crabtree signed with the 49ers at long last, ending the longest draft holdout in recent memory. Michael Crabtree signs his deal today, weeks after he first demanded a bigger contract than the receiver picked before him in the NFL draft. Crabtree settled for signing a six-year deal today, as the 49ers now work to get him caught up before he can take the field.
Michael Crabtree’s signing is now almost a complete surprise, after Crabtree threatened to put himself back in the draft for 2010, rather than take a smaller contract. The drama began when Crabtree wasn’t selected as the top receiver in the NFL Draft, despite all indications that he would be.
Everyone was shocked when the Raiders took Darrius Heyward-Bay instead of Crabtree, leaving him to be picked by the Niners. But Crabtree did not move on as quickly as pundits did, demanding a bigger contract than Bay. When the 49ers didn’t give it to him, the long holdout began.
But finally, Michael Crabtree signs his first NFL contract today and puts an end to the stalemate. According to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, Crabtree’s deal is for six years, with no money totals announced yet. Now that the deal is done, Crabtree has to work double-time to salvage something from his first season.
After having missed all of preseason, and four NFL games, Crabtree’s impact on the 49ers might be limited. Since the 49ers have gone 3-1 without Crabtree, and lead the NFC West, some might wonder if they even need him this year.
Both the 49ers and Jets are taking chances today on troubled receivers, despite having big starts without them. The Jets traded for Cleveland’s Braylon Edwards, two days after he was accused of assaulting a friend of LeBron James. The 49ers finally signed a high-profile rookie who needs to be integrated into the offense very quickly.
The new arrivals could put the Jets and 49ers over the top and prove they are legitimate playoff contenders in 2009, or they could backfire and break apart the good system they had in the first four games. But the Jets at least have a proven talent in Edwards – whereas Michael Crabtree finally signed his first ever NFL contract, period.
It is uncertain when Crabtree will be able to play his first game, as the Niners are also busy preparing to face the Falcons this Sunday.
FOX Sports- “49ers, rookie WR Crabtree reach 6-year deal” msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/10179102/Source:-49ers,-WR-Crabtree-finally-reach-deal#
Yahoo Sports- “Deion was right: 49ers, Crabtree agree to terms” sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Deion-was-right-49ers-Crabtree-agree-to-terms