As you have probably heard by now, Crabtree was supposed to be one of the top seven picks in the draft, fell to San Francisco at 10, and is having a little trouble getting over it. He wants to be paid like one of the top seven picks. And its a bad, bad time to be a holdout in the middle of the Great Recession, with millions losing their jobs, everybody worried about health care, people starving in Africa, etc. Michael Crabtree is supposed to eat his vegetables and shut up.
For a society that loves its sports stars, we are remarkably adept at painting them as the devil. Crabtree is just the latest. But let's step back for a second and try to climb into Crabtree's head.
As he watched the 49ers upset the NFC champion Cardinals last week, he had to wonder:
If we're honest, well admit that on a smaller scale, we've all boxed ourselves into an untenable position like Michael Crabtree. You start arguing that
This all started because Crabtree and his agent,
(I can only imagine Parker's next trick:
At some point, Crabtree
Crabtree is wrong, of course. But he is also right: he
Even the 49ers agreed.
"We had no idea he would be there at 10," coach
Does this mean the 49ers should pay Crabtree like he was the No. 5 pick? Of course not. He was picked 10th. He should be paid like he was picked 10th. That's not my point. I'm just saying: I understand why he thought he could get more.
Crabtree is mostly hurting himself. For all the heat he's taken, its not like he broke a contract. He never
Try to put yourself in Crabtree's spot. You know you screwed up. If you could do it all over again, you might hire a different agent, and you definitely would have taken the 49ers offers two months ago. But you can't do it all over again. This is where you are.
You know who can save him? The 49ers.
They don't have to pay him like the No. 5 or 7 pick. They just have to give him a chance to save face.
Alter the deal slightly. Give him a little more money up front. Put some crazy incentives in there that he'll probably never reach, but will give him a chance to say, Hey, all I said is that I believe I'm the best receiver in this draft, and now if I prove it, I will be properly rewarded.
The rest of us will roll our eyes, but we'll move on. Crabtree will get paid a lot of money to play football, Parker can claim he won, and the 49ers will have the heir to