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Published on 08/13/2009 at Thu Aug 13 02:28.
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I know… I can’t get over it. I had to write another article. 

Michael Crabtree and his agent Eugene Parker are demanding that they get a bigger contract than Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey taken three spots higher in the first round.

Michael Crabtree and his agent Eugene Parker are demanding that they get a bigger contract than Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey taken three spots higher in the first round.

Quick question.

Q: What is the difference between Mr. East and Michael Crabtree?

A: Mr. East will be at the Niners-Broncos game on Friday.

I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft Michael Crabtree has threatened to hold out for an entire year and enter the 2010 draft if he doesn’t get more money than the seventh overall pick Darrius Heyward-Bey. I find it ridiculous that he refuses to respect the NFL slotting system. Should Terrell Davis had asked for first round money because he knew he was better than the 6th round? Of course not.

However there is a huge flaw in Mr. Crabtree’s threat. If the Niners so choose to let him pout and enter next year’s draft they will still own the right to his soul NFL career up until the next draft. This means a few things.

  • Crabtree cannot attend the 2010 combine without the permission of the Niners prior to draft day.
  • Crabtree cannot workout for other teams without the permission of the Niners prior to draft day.
  • Crabtree cannot release any of his workout results such as the forty yard dash without the permission of the Niners prior to the draft.
  • Crabtree will most likely be ranked lower than at least three receivers in the 2010 draft.

2010 Draft wide receiver reports after the jump. Currently the ninth overall, B.J. Raji, and eleventh overall, Aaron Maybin, remain unsigned. Their main reason is that they could cash out big if Crabtree gets his way. Hopefully if they move on without his contract in the books they could give the Niners more leverage. 

Seriously, who wants to take their chances on a guy who was greedy enough to pull such a foolish act? Crabtree will lose out on being a top 10 pick in the 2010 draft, which in turn will not get him the big contract he’s looking for. He’s also not doing any favors to already “sterling” reputation wideouts have in the league nowadays.

Let’s take a look at the 2010 Draft prospects at the wide receiver position.

3. Damian Williams, USC    

  • Height: 6’1 — Weight: 190
  • 2007: Sat out due to transfer rules. Transfered from Arkansas.
  • 2008: 58 catches, 869 yards, 4 TDs. 
  • Big game factor with 10 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown in the Rose Bowl in 2008.
  • Videos: Take a look here.

2. Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State

  • Height: 6’2 — Weight: 210
  • 2007: 43 catches, 622 yards, 6 TDs.
  • 2008: 87 catches, 1,480 yards, 19 TDs. 
  • Averaged 17 yards per catch in 2008. He also averaged over 20 yards per catch in 4 games in 2008 as well.
  • Videos: Take a look here and here. 

1. Arrelious Benn, Illinois

  • Height: 6’2 — Weight: 215
  • 2007: 54 catches, 676 yards, 2 TDs. 
  • 2008: 67 catches, 1055 yards, 3 TDs.
  • Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2007. Benn is the real deal.
  • Videos:Take a look here and here.


If all of these guys go into the draft for 2010 I don’t see a way anyone would take Crabtree over them. The kid won’t have played for a year. This holdout appears to be serious and may last into September. For Crabtree’s sake he should stop being an idiot, respect the slotting system, and get on the field. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want Mike Singletary to make him cry… again.

Small observation. Does anyone else notice the increased creativity in NFL rookie names? Knowshon, Shonn, Dez, Arrelious, etc. Seriously, these names don’t even register with spell check. These computers need to get with it. Another small observation. What’s up with the 15 receivers? Well just two… for now. For “in stadium” updates for the game on Friday, follow me on Twitter, Mr_East_BT.

  • Student speed dating

    I like all three videos of Damian Williams. Dez Bryant and Arrelious Benn. I think these guys will go into the draft with Crabtree.

  • MIAbronco

    crabtree has douche bag status at the moment…

    seriously, I hope he does sit out, and then expect to be drafted top 5 in 2010. does his agent realize that if crabtree does sit out and is drafted in like the 2nd round or something, that no big name rookie will ever sign with him again. where is the common sense people, what ever happened to earning your money, shoot, back in the early days of football, the players had to work day jobs to support themselves, but they did this because they loved to play football.

  • Shawn

    Michael Crabtree was injured before the combine and has not taken an NFL snap.

    Other than that he deserves to get paid.

  • bw53

    It’s exactly this type of shit why Crabtree dropped. Now by holding out he just shows he has a massive attitude problem. Watch him reenter the 2010 draft and drop like rock, way down the boards, beacause who wants to put up with this crap?

  • DHB

    Wait, you mean an over-privileged and entitled athlete is acting like an idiot for something he thinks he deserves before he earns anything? That sounds a lot like my boys in my counseling classes.

    Oh, and an “agent” who does not seem to be working for his client’s best interests, just his wallet.

    Finally, the name thing. There seems to be a trend lately to go with mash-up names lately to honor two or more relatives or the like. It is a creative way to get a unique name. However some of the kids get upset when you don’t pronounce it correctly. Yet they don’t know how to spell or pronounce my name (Karl). That wasn’t meant to be a curmudgeonly exchange, sorry if it sounded that way.

  • kerry

    wow he wants money he isnt entitled to?? sounds like every single rookie that has ever played. and lets all remember Bo Jackson. he went number one overall, declined to play for the Buccaneers (then again who wouldnt) re-entered the draft and fell to the 7th round. oh how sweet that would be for Crabtree!

  • gobronx

    Ha! Don’t get too hot Karl!

  • Kelly from Carolina

    Crabtree is that good, and he knows it. Just watch him against top-ranked Texas last year for the Red Raiders, he smoked the secondary. I think he should sign a shorter contract and then kick butt on the field and then come back with something to argue about.

    I would love to have him on the Broncos, he plays like Eddie Royal but with Brandon Marshall’s tenacity and power. I would gladly trade the 49ers our Bears #1 draft pick plus Brandon Marshall for this receiver. He is that amazing.

    Still, I think he should just fire his agent and sign…and then tear up the lead as the next Jerry Rice, I mean he does play for the 49ers!

    Could you imagine if we had him and Eddie Royal and Stokely and Gaddney and then McKinley comes along to be another Royal caliber player. That would be hot!

  • Joe H.

    Just what the NFL needs is another freakin’ diva!!!!!

  • stav

    What’s this p—y going to do if he isn’t taken as the first WR next year, or doesn’t get picked in the top 5, or falls below the 10th pick? Is he going to sit out like a child again stomping his feet and screaming? Obviously there were some doubts by a team or two but mostly the picks before him were need driven. I think he has to keep in mind that besides the fact that there will potentially be two better wr’s in the draft next year, what about all the QB’s coming out next year? Stupid stupid stupid. I hope this guy gets burned big time. I guess a few mill isn’t what it used to be anymore. Is it bad that I want him to sit out but then something happens to him where he can’t play? Playing in the NFL is not a RIGHT, its a PRIVILEGE. If someone told me that the average career span in my industry was 5 yrs but that I could make millions during those 5 I wouldn’t be bitching about not enough millions being offered and I sure as hell wouldn’t be delaying or potentially risk losing one of those crucial years.

  • Waylon

    He needs to get some better advisors. The owners are going to black-ball him if he re-enters next year. He’ll be lucky if he goes before the 4th round. Kerry’s right about Bo and there have been others. I just can’t remember their names.

  • CJ

    I truly believe that there are two types of players in the league

    compare these two

    Rod Smith ( a Professional in all categories )
    Chad Johnson ( A bitc#y millionare who wants 7 million instead of 6.5)