Skip to comments.Report: Crabtree offer is reduced
Posted on 09/23/2009 10:44:56 AM PDT by Brookhaven
Michael Crabtree celebrated his 22nd birthday Monday. As an unwanted gift, multiple reports surfaced that the 49ers are poised to drop their offer to the No. 10 overall pick out of Texas Tech.
Citing team sources, Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports wrote that Crabtree's continued absence makes him less valuable to the 49ers on a prorated basis and added, "Translation: The team just reduced its offer and will continue to do so with each passing week."
A day earlier, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported that the 49ers sent a letter to Crabtree "modifying" their offer.
Responding to the Fox report Monday, coach Mike Singletary acknowledged that such a letter had at least been discussed. But Singletary said he was unsure whether the 49ers had actually dropped the note in the mail.
Singletary said. "I didn't want to hear about it any more after last Friday. I said, 'Hey, do what you have to do. I'm focused over here.'
"So I don't know if the letter's actually been sent. I know we talked about it. But at this point, the whole Michael Crabtree thing "... it's over there. I'm going to focus over here. We have our hands full with the 53 (players) that we have."
The 49ers' offer has been reported at five years and $20 million, with $16 million guaranteed. According to the Yahoo! report, the 49ers are willing to give Crabtree incentives that would take them to within a dollar
less of the package given to No. 9 pick B.J. Raji. (Raji got a reported five-year deal for $28.5 million with almost $18 million guaranteed.)
"We won't go over that," the team source told Yahoo! "Otherwise, we're going to have the same problem next year, and the year after that "..."
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Theres always arena football.
The kid is getting bad advice from his agent.
No there isn’t. The cancelled the season due to the economy.
Not this year. The whole thing has gotten pretty funny, if the league agrees the Jets tampered Crabtree could prove to be one of the greatest picks ever, without even signing with the team he could turn into a first and a second in each for the next two drafts (maximum penalty for tampering).
The kid is getting bad advice from his agent.
The rumor floating around is that another team has told him if he holds out and gets traded to them, they will pay him what he wants. Hence the 49ers tampering charge against the Jets.
The worth of a thing is the price it will bring. Nobody is the bad guy here. He has every right not to work for a penny less than he thinks he is worth and the 69ers have every right to keep lowering their offer.
Of course, the fact that other teams can’t bid should be a crime, but that’s another story.
What a sad saga this is....
He should be paid exactly what the first receiver got - the guy at the Raiders. Crabtree’s better, and is suffering from Al Davis’s need for draft day attention.
I have him on my fantasy team. Please trade him to the Jets. I need a really good active receiver.
I doubt Coach 50 would want him now in San Fran. He’s a team guy.
What would be the use of having a “draft” if players who are “drafted” could afterward tender bids from other teams? If that would be the case, then get rid of the draft completely and allow players to apply to any/all teams they wish (talk about the ensuing chaos of that system!!!!!)
He can hold out and go into the 2010 draft, as he’s threatened. However, the 49ers will hold the rights to him until the day of the draft. That means he cannot speak with other teams, work out for them, or participate in the combine. Not the best strategy.
Good job, Niners. Hold firm.
I think his hold out is proving Al was right to skip him. Maybe when he finally gets on the field he will prove to have better skills, but meanwhile he’s the most worthless player in the league because he won’t even get on the practice field. You should dump him, even if they signed him this afternoon he’ll be useless until late in the season.
Disagree. The Niners were fortuante to land him at #10. They should pay him as if he were the #7 pick, which he would have been had a sane person (i.e. not Al Davis) been making the selection.
I think the Niners are being cheap.
I’ve long said rookies should be offered a set amount for first year - maybe 250K - for one year - see what they do and then neogtiate after that year. Most of these kids comeout of college where, with the exception of the noted under the table money/deal offered by some schools, most have lived on pennies and suddenly are handed millions. Drugs, women, bad decisions - give them a decent amount to live on and see if they can really make the transition to the big leagues..... I’m disappointed by Micheal - I think he’s being greedy and also getting bad advice. Just shut up and play the damn game!
I agree. The Niners should give him the same money the Raiders are paying the other guy.
He can’t be traded until he is signed.
He's also going to find out that NFL defenders are bigger, stronger, and faster than the vast majority of the collegians he played against.
And that includes Oklahoma and Texas. Just ask Vince Young.