Michael Crabtree, the first-round NFL draft pick of the 49ers, reached a deal to play for San Francisco during a private meeting with team officials yesterday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, although reports do say that it is a six-year contract.
Michael Crabtree, who was the 10th pick overall, gained notoriety in recent months by repeatedly refusing the 49ers’ 5-year, $20 million offer, insisting on numbers closer to those received by higher draft picks.
The former Texas Tech wide receiver left college two full years before potential graduation to enter the NFL draft. He finished his college football career with 231 receptions and 41 touchdowns over two years.
So as a San Francisco fan, what’s my response to the Michael Crabtree signing? Big, fat, hairy deal.
Sure, he’s proven time and time again that he’s an excellent football player. Great speed, great hands, so certainly a great guy to have on your side when you want to win.
But Michael Crabtree has also shown the ugly side of the spoiled wanna-be pro athlete, and for that, he’ll have to be pretty spectacular – and not just great – to get my fandom.
First off, what 20-year old kid has the gall to think he should be paid more than $4 million a year? My husband works hard and has done well for our family of five, but he doesn’t bring in a hunk of bacon nearly that large. Nope. Only in my dreams. You prove yourself, and THEN you get the big bucks, buckaroo. Entitlement issues suck and so do the people who carry them. So boo on Michael Crabtree for that.
Second, and related to point one, is his self-indulgent notion that as the 10th pick, he should get the same reward as higher picks. Okay, sure, you’re still top 10. But you were number TEN and not number ONE. Number one should get more than number ten, period.
Finally, although Crabtree is nice to have on the roster, I don’t really believe that the 3-1 Niners NEED his contributions to win each week. They’ve had their best start since 2002, and that’s without Crabtree. I don’t think they need a bad attitude clouding their good performance.
I’m hoping to see 49ers coach Mike Singletary do the same thing to Michael Crabtree as he did to former behavior problem Vernon Davis: Send him to the locker room when he acts like a primadonna. No guff, no stuff. Do us proud, Mike. Please.
What will happen with Michael Crabtree and the Niners remains to be seen. Stay tuned as the season wears on. And cross your fingers that Michael Crabtree will check his attitude at the door.
First-Round pick Crabtree ends holdout; signs 6-year deal with 49ers, NFL News Wire