Michael Crabtree has threatened to sit out 2009. Michael Crabtree, the San Francisco 49ers first round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, says he may sit out the entire 2009 season. The San Francisco 49ers drafted Michael Crabtree with the 10th overall pick in the draft, and now Michael Crabtree wants a king’s ransom in order to sign with the San Francisco 49ers. Talking through a representative the wide receiver has said he is prepared to sit out the 2009 season, and then re-enter the 2010 NFL Draft. It’s a calculated risk, and also a bargaining maneuver that Michael Crabtree and his representatives seem to be trying to get the team to cave to any demands he asks of them.
David Wells, an acting representative to Michael Crabtree (and his cousin) told ESPN that “we are prepared to do it” (talking about sitting out) and that “Michael just wants fair market value.” This is one of the problems with the NFL Draft, because when one player refuses to sign, it affects the players drafted around him, whose agents are now waiting to see what he signs for in order to possibly ask for more money for their own clients. With Michael Crabtree holding out even longer, it is also going to damage is value as a player coming off surgery that caused him to miss the NFL Combines that took place right before the 2009 NFL Draft.
Michael Crabtree was thought by many experts to be the best wide receiver taken in the draft, but many teams ending up passing on the chance to draft him. He fell all the way to 10th in the 2009 NFL Draft before the San Francisco 49ers took the risk on drafting him. The risk seems to be biting back now, as what the 49ers were hoping to be a good mid-round pick is turning into a huge headache for management, the players waiting for Crabtree to report to camp, and of course the fans who are growing a disdain for a rookie that just wants more money. Without even playing a single game in the NFL, it seems that Michael Crabtree wants to sign a contract that will allow him to retire comfortably.
The first wide receiver taken in the 2009 NFL Draft was Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was taken by the Oakland Raiders before Michael Crabtree. Darrius Heyward-Bey has already signed a five-year deal with $23.5 million in guaranteed money in the contract. It is expected that Michael Crabtree wants even more money than that, even though he was taken later in the draft. It turns a blind eye to the fact that that higher draft picks need to be making more money than the later picks, and could disrupt player signings after Crabtree as well. Michael Crabtree seems to be willing to miss an entire NFL season just so he can hope that he gets more money in the 2010 NFL Draft, but he could be offered even less in a year’s time.
Source: USA Today