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Published on 08/03/2009 at Mon Aug 03 00:40.
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A few days into training camp and still there has been no breakthroughs with the contracts for first rounders Knowshon Moreno and Robert Ayers. As a Bronco fan you may wonder exactly why. Well, Michael Crabtree sure isn’t doing anything to help speed up this process.

The 10th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, Michael Crabtree.

Mr. Crabtree and his agent Eugene Parker believe that it was a mistake for the former Texas Tech receiver to fall to the tenth overall pick. They also want to prove it financially by landing a contract that consists of a figure that a top five pick would earn. The Niners aren’t exactly in concordance with this belief. Since usually the way rookies get signed is based off of the amount the player picked near them cashed in this could complicate things. Crabtree and Parker are seriously messing things up for the players picked in that region such as Moreno.

The best way to explain this situation is to quote what a famous Colorado citizen named Randy Marsh once told his son Stan, “Well son, it’s simple economics…I don’t understand it at all.”

Thankfully Matt Maiocco of the Press Democrat was able to shed some light on the situation.

If history tells us anything it’s that Crabtree’s agent, Eugene Parker, does not mind engaging in holdout tactics. 

At least four of Parker’s clients had contract issues last season. Bills tackle Jason Peters skipped 43 days and missed the season opener. Rams running back Steven Jackson held out for 27 days before signing a new contract. Bears return man Devin Hester did not report for the first two days of camp before signing a new deal. And Cardinals rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie missed two practices before signing his contract.

That is quite the track record. All this does is make things harder for picks nine, ten and twelve. The ninth, B.J. Raji hasn’t signed yet, and it doesn’t help either that the eleventh overall pick Aaron Maybin is on his way to holdout-sville. So this leaves the Broncos in a hard place for contract negotiations for both of their first rounders, especially Moreno. 

If Crabtree actually gets the payday he’s hoping for this could is a huge blow to the already heavily criticized rookie contract system. Just because a player believes that he is a better than his selected spot doesn’t mean he deserves the money. Let’s all just hope that Denver’s first rounders can avoid this obstacle and start getting some reps at camp.

  • mikebirty

    you gotta like alphonso smith’s attitude. He knew the broncos wanted him, he knew they coverted him as much as a 1st rounder but he signed for relative peanuts. He could have held out for and probably got more money but he didn’t.

  • stav

    I can see why Moreno is holding out, but Ayers no longer has an excuse. The 13, 15, 16, & 17 picks have signed with the terms public on the 13 and 17, that’s more than enough of a gauge to hit a number and sign a contract. With 5 of the 6 guys ahead of Moreno unsigned, I understand his situation. The market has yet to be set and as the first RB selected he has to make sure he gets the right deal. But if we’re waiting on those guys ahead of him to sign first for him to come to an agreement, this is going to be a long wait. Ayers should be in camp, and Moreno looks to be out of camp for atleast another week or so at this pace.

  • Josh Temple

    I love that we have a Randy Marsh tag now.

  • Joe

    How much longer does camp go for? Both of them are going to miss the entire thing

  • MileHigh55

    Not worried about Moreno showing up we have enough Running Backs to hold us over. Now for Ayers we need him to get to camp and learn and perform , with Moss on the fence of staying or going we can’t afford to lose anymore DL/LB players of Ayers talent.

  • OC Bronco

    It’s my understanding Ayers already signed and then the NFL kicked back the contract. WTF? I would think that could be easily remedied.

  • Kawike

    You’re right OC Bronco. There was some problem in the phrasing of the contract that the NFL didn’t agree with, but it should have been worked out in only 1 or 2 days

  • Mr.East

    OC Bronco,

    Yep. The fact that it hasn’t been fixed means the system has some issues in it. It’s not like Ayers doesn’t want to be there or the Broncos don’t want him there.

  • Joe H.

    Wow MileHiggh55 you learned how to spell!!!!!

  • Jon Krause

    Wow retarded rooks! lol Man I wish they would just sign

  • kerry

    yeah these rookies have it so rough. they become instant Millionaires before taking a snap in the NFL. i dont know how these guys survive. its amazing that they dont kill themselves because they didnt get that extra million or so.

  • Mr.East

    Oh come on kerry!

    No comment on the South Park reference?

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