NFL News - Crabtree Sitting Out 2009 Season
Crabtree Ready To Sit Out 2009?
Michael Crabtree exploded all over the scene in 2008 thanks to a marvelous college season where the Texas Tech Red Raiders took the college betting world by storm, and Crabtree found himself as the center of the fury. His explosive play making and incredible touchdown numbers made him a probable high pick in the 2009 NFL Entry Draft. But nobody really needed a receiver in the top-10, at least not one that would cost them millions of dollars on a rookie contract.
The Niners, however, happily took Crabtree when he tumbled all the way down to tenth. The entire Niners fan base and betting crew were elated. Could Crabtree assume the mantle in San Francisco left by the great Jerry Rice, or even Terrell Owens? Since either of those two left, there has been a tremendous void in San Francisco’s receiving corps. Crabtree was supposed to fill that void.
Instead, he’s just causing the San Francisco management team to fill out prescriptions for headache medication. Thanks, in large part, to an ill-advised agent who is trying to fill his own pockets, Crabtree could sit out for the entire 2009 NFL season only to re-enter the draft next year. Yes, San Francisco, things just keep going from bad to much, much worse.
Things got bad when Oakland elected to draft Heyward-Bey seventh overall instead of Crabtree. Things got ugly when Heyward-Bey was awarded a $38 million contract. Now Crabtree’s management team wants an equal, or better, deal considering that Crabtree is considered a better prospect. Really, doesn’t anyone work for their money any more? Why can’t Crabtree string together maybe two good seasons then prove what he’s worth in the open market in 2011? Why is that so hard?
AT +240 to upset the favored Arizona Cardinals in the brutal NFC West, the Niners were hoping that Crabtree could help sell fans on the idea that San Francisco could be feasibly competitive this year. Well, so much for that idea. The Niners have a better chance of making the Super Bowl as opposed to seeing Crabtree sign.
This is why you don’t have your friends and family double as your sports agents. Not only is Crabtree jeopardizing the faith the Niners’ bettors will place in him, he’s also completely debasing the faith the general public will have of him. It’s one thing to help your close friends and family by having them double as your agent, thus scamming a percentage of your earnings so they can feel like they have a real “job”. It’s another to watch them jeopardize your public image.
If Michael Crabtree could do it his way, he’d let his playing talk for him, just like it did in college. Instead he’s got some boneheaded cousin trying to cash in on his hard work. Unfortunately, it’s not Crabtree that is going to suffer the most – it’s the Niners’ fans.