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The Plot Thickens Or Has Stupidity Really Ran Amok ?


It can’t have escaped the most discerning fans of the NFL that there still remains one unsigned draftee of an NFL team. Now we can merely speculate as to what the problem might be concerning the San Francisco 49ers and their unsigned first round draft pick Michael Crabtree.

Courtesy of NFL.com:

Niners’ president wants to meet with Crabtree

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora has confirmed a Santa Rosa Press Democrat report that 49ers president Jed York has offered to hold a face-to-face meeting with holdout Michael Crabtree.

York has yet to hear back from the rookie wide receiver or his agent, Eugene Parker.

Crabtree was the 10th overall pick in the April draft and is the only first-round selection without a contract. He caught 231 passes for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns in two seasons at Texas Tech.

Former  Texas  Tech wide receiver Michael  Crabtree  .  The  player  the  10th pick taken overall in the  first  round  of  the  NFL  Draft  this  year, still  has   yet to  sign  with  the  San  Francisco  49ers.  Negotiations   between  the  two   parties   via  Crabtree's agent   Eugene  Parker  seems to  be  at  an  impasse .   And  as  of late   49ers  vice  president   Jed York   has   yet  to  hear  from the player  or  his agent.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  the  San Francisco  Chronicle    .................
Former Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree . The player the 10th pick taken overall in the first round of the NFL Draft this year, still has yet to sign with the San Francisco 49ers. Negotiations between the two parties via Crabtree's agent Eugene Parker seems to be at an impasse . And as of late 49ers vice president Jed York has yet to hear from the player or his agent. picture appears courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle .................

Now don’t get me wrong, I do love a good suspense thriller . But in all honesty when it comes to suspense within sports. Then I expect to see it on the field of play during a totally riveting game.And most certainly not by way of an out of control college player who’s yet to play a down in the NFL. Crabtree from what we’ve been led to believe is at an impasse between he and the club over his compensation package. Now I know that when it comes to the first round draft picks . The premium is in the price that one signs a pick to. And while I understand that there’s an allotted slot system as to the amount paid from the first pick on down. Whatever is now taking place between and Crabtree is unwarranted.

The Niners and their hierarchy ought not to be dealing with either Crabtree or his agent Eugene Parker at this juncture. Crabtree forewent that right, the moment he started his holdout ,as to his demands for more money. At this moment in time, it becomes a complete distraction within the organization. And for 49ers’ coach, Mike Singletary , it makes his job somewhat harder. A great deal of time and effort by the coaching and scouting staff had been put into place- with regard to obtaining the player to begin with. Never-mind the fact that upon his arrival at the NFL combine he was ‘allegedly injured’ and refusing to participate in many of the prerequisite drills. If that wasn’t enough of an indicator as to his temperament, character and demeanor. Then they were certainly there for all to see, in his time with Texas Tech. A precocious talent but someone who could be easily distracted by off the field issues with regard to his personality and personal problems.

NFL Draft  Day and  a  proud   Michael Crabtree  stands  alongside  NFL  Commissioner  Roger Goodell .     The  upshot  of   it all   is  that the  player  still  remains  unsigned and is  a  free  agent.   picture appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/   Phil   Pierce  ...................
NFL Draft Day and a proud Michael Crabtree stands alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell . The upshot of it all is that the player still remains unsigned and is a free agent. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Phil Pierce ...................

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports :

Executives against a concept of pick protection

By Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports

Two days after San Francisco 49ers team president Jed York opened the door for a détente with unsigned NFL draft pick Michael Crabtree(notes), the standoff still lingers between the team and agent Eugene Parker. And as the clock ticks, the lack of sympathy from the rest of the NFL only becomes more apparent.

On the heels of York’s offer, Yahoo! Sports reached out to highly placed personnel men from seven NFL teams, polling them on whether they’d support the establishment of draft pick protection. Crabtree has become the fourth top-10 pick in the past eight years to hold out into the regular season. Cornerback Quentin Jammer signed with the San Diego Chargers after the team’s week 1 game in 2002. Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie didn’t sign with the Minnesota Vikings until Nov. 1 that same year. And quarterback Marcus Russell missed the season opener for the Oakland Raiders in 2007. So a simple question was posed: In light of threats about Crabtree re-entering the draft in 2010, would personnel men be in favor of adopting some form of Major League Baseball’s practice, which awards an additional draft choice to franchises which failed to sign a first- or second-round pick the previous year.

The answer? A resounding no, with all seven men coming out strongly against the idea.

“We shouldn’t become a league that rewards failure,” said one NFC North executive. “Why would I want to end up with a lower pick in [a subsequent] draft because another team couldn’t sign a player? … We’ve had very, very few [holdouts] like Crabtree, and fewer times where a player actually went back into a draft.”

The last first-rounder to sit out an entire season was Kelly Stouffer, drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals) with the sixth pick in 1987. The former Colorado State quarterback had his rights traded following the season to the Seattle Seahawks, where he spent five seasons.

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Year in and year out , once the NFL Draft has taken place . It seems teams take an indeterminate period of time for them to get their picks signed and off into training camp. And with suggestions now being made by many within and outside of the NFL . That there ought to be a rookie salary cap. It does merit the argument that something like this ought to be part of any discussion between the NFLPA(Players’ Association) and the NFL. But with the upcoming collective bargaining agreement about to be a matter of contentious negotiations. Whether or not, this will become a part of any discussion between Roger Goodell and chief union executive DeMaurice Smith, remains to be seen. And one doubts that will be atop of either party’s agenda.

Michael  Crabtree  makes  his  presence  felt   .  One  could  surmise that  the  player  is  now  more   likely  miss  a  fair   part  of   the  NFL  season.   While   there  has  been   little   negotiations  as  of  late   between  the  player  and   the  San  Francisco  49ers.    picture  appears  courtesy  of   getty images/  Russell  Cooper  ........................
Michael Crabtree makes his presence felt . One could surmise that the player is now more likely miss a fair part of the NFL season. While there has been little negotiations as of late between the player and the San Francisco 49ers. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Russell Cooper ........................

The inner sanctum of the NFL is so distrustful of the union and it’s also vice versa with regard to union and its feelings towards the NFL hierarchy. Certainly one would like to think that there is some common sense within this sea of uncertainty. But the way that the NFL and the union conducts their business at times does leave a lot to be desired. One would like to think that there’s room for negotiation wherein they can resolve their issues. But with both party’s not prepared to give ground at least on appearance . It’s hard to see a welcoming outcome that would befit all.

At this juncture for the San Francisco 49ers and their dealings with Crabtree and his agent. If they’ve not been able to sign the player before the start of the season . Why would they still want to sign him now with the season already underway ? It is not as if he’s of any benefit to them – having not been at all of the team’s training sessions. At the same time one has to look at what his once supposed potential teammates are thinking of this whole scenario. Is he in-fact a team player or more about himself ?

The thought was that with the acquisition of Crabtree the organization would be back on track make some sort of a showing within the AFC West division. Where the likes of the Arizona Cardinals , the reigning NFC champions alongside the Seattle Seahawks and St Louis Rams make up a division that’s often thought of as the last outpost of the NFL. Seemingly there , but not everyone is enamored with what’s taking place there.

As to the scenario now being played out between the player , his agent and the San Francisco 49ers. One can’t help but feel that this all could have been avoided had the lines of communication really been clear from the beginning. But from where I sit, the whole thing is beyond belief and remarkably stupid. Whether or not one can apportion blame on one side or the other can be determined by what has taken place so far. But for all sense and purpose this has been of the NFL’s making from the outset. It’s just that they’ve failed to take note of what has been happening with regard to NFL rookies and their never-ending demands by way of their salary needs. Somehow, somewhere and at some time in the future they’ll have to say ”….enough is enough !”

What proposals if any would you like to see concerning this matter ? And how best do you feel that it can be resolved ?

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8 thoughts on “The Plot Thickens Or Has Stupidity Really Ran Amok ?

  1. He is coming of ACL surgery. Is that good? I don’t know.In college he was a game breaker however in the NFl that might be a different story. He might sign but don’t count on it.

    1. bobbygee

      Well he came off the surgery and the ballyhoo surrounding the NFL combine became a joke and publicity gimmick by him and his agent , Eugene Parker. How did that serve him in the end ? And now he expects to be paid commensurate – ahead of players taken above him in the draft ? Who’s he kidding ? The 49ers ought to just drop the whole thing as of now. He’s just not worth all the hoopla and distractions that it has caused the team.

      Alan Parkins

  2. The best way to resolve the situation, you ask?

    Have Crabtree remove his head from his ass!

    This hold out makes no sense whatsoever.

    Now I hear that DeBartolo tells the media that they’re not going to let Crabtree rake them over the coals and that he can re-enter next year’s draft if he likes.

    Nice. Who’s adivising this guy again? The same people that mentored Vick?

    1. Chris Humpherys

      What in heaven’s name are you trying to suggest ? LOL ,LOL, LOL ,LOL !!!

      Crabtree and his agent , Eugene Parker, are the biggest idiots going around at the moment. They’ve no rhyme or reason to do this whatsoever !

      If he should forego the season and then re-enter the 2010 draft then it’s going to hurt his draft value immensely. NFL teams won’t all forget this.

      Alan Parkins

  3. Crabtree is a class a d-bag. He has to be losing money by sitting out this season. Why wouldn’t he just take some money that they offered. If he’s truly good, he’ll make a lot in indorsements. Players are retarted, I guess it goes to show you they don’t know how lucky they are to play in the NFL. I know people that would kill to switch places with him!
    I’m guessing he falls to the second round, and fails to reach a contract next year because he feels he should have been a top pick. What a bitch!

    1. chappy

      His agent Eugene Parker can’t be all that bright to begin with. If he’s supposedly the one giving him advice. But then again Crabtree while being an exceptional player never struck me as all that bright to begin with. I mean the guy had some serious and disturbing issues while he was at Texas Tech.

      Alan Parkins aka theoraclesays

  4. Definitely not the sharpest tool in the box. We’ll see what happens, but I can’t see teams wanting to deal with him. Maybe Al knew something we didn’t, and that’s why he passed on Crabtree…

    1. chappy

      There’s always been questions about the kid while he was with The Aggies . For much of the time a great deal of it was kept on the down low .

      What he’s now doing is tantamount to placing a nail in his coffin as far his career goes within the NFL. No team will want to take a chance on this guy not when he acts as if it’s all about him. As for his agent Eugene Parker his J.D isn’t worth the paper it’s written on . If it he were , he’d be giving his client far better advice than he’s said to be giving him. The Niners ought to just tell him ……’ go to hell and don’t let the door hit him in the a_s on the way out .’

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