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    Niners, Crabtree meeting today
    Posted by Mike Florio on October 6, 2009 10:38 AM ET

    Last month, ***** owner Jed York offered to have a sit-down with holdout receiver Michael Crabtree and his agent, Eugene Parker.

    The only problem? Crabtree and Eugene never returned the R.S.V.P. card.

    Instead, they've decided to simply show up in the Bay Area, making their intention to meet with the team via hints dropped by Deion Sanders on NFLN and leaks to the media.

    All that said, a league source tells us that the ***** will indeed meet with Crabtree and Parker today.

    But all signs point to Crabtree caving in.

    It is well known that Crabtree and Parker want more than the Raiders paid to receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall pick in the draft. It is equally well known that the ***** won't be deviating from the slot that applies to the tenth overall pick.

    Though the details of the deal that were on the table in July will need to be adjusted in light of the fact that four games have been played, the source says that the Niners do not plan to punish Crabtree, but that the team likewise doesn't intend to reward him.

    In other words, the Niners will be holding firm. Though they possibly will try to find a way to help Parker save a little face, the damage is already done.

    Parker and Crabtree have blinked.

    So what caused it? The 3-1 record, punctuated by a 35-0 win over the Rams likely helped. But we suspect that last week's pointed words from Hall of Famer Jim Brown had an impact on Crabtree.

    This particular quote resonated with multiple league insiders: "[Y]ou don't realize that your legacy will be based upon how you perform, not how much money you made?"

    The question is whether it made an impact on Crabtree.

  • #2
    Re: PFT: Niners, Crabtree meeting today

    Yea, especially when they need to resign Patrick Willis.

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    • #3
      Re: PFT: Niners, Crabtree meeting today

      ive just read that he`s signed a 6 year contract with them now.

      read it on USA today..i tried to copy and paste it but my right click button dont seem to be working or USA today has something in their website to block it.
      Last edited by Ramblin` Ram; -10-07-2009, 08:24 AM.

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      • #4
        Re: PFT: Niners, Crabtree meeting today

        First-round pick Crabtree ends holdout, signs 6-year deal with *****

        NFL.com Wire Reports
        The San Francisco ***** have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a six-year contract after several months of difficult negotiations.

        The team announced the deal in a statement early Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed. The former Texas Tech star is the only draft pick who had yet to signNFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that if Crabtree meets certain performance goals in two of the first four years of the deal, the sixth year would void.

        Crabtree could provide the game-breaking wide receiver threat the ***** have been lacking, assuming he can quickly learn the offense after missing all of training camp. The 10th pick overall, he also sat out offseason minicamps and organized team activities while recovering from a foot injury, but was a regular presence at the team's training facility.

        The 22-year-old Crabtree and his agent, Eugene Parker, sat down with three top ***** officials Tuesday in an attempt to work through his contract impasse. Crabtree had balked at a longstanding offer of approximately five years and $20 million with a reported $16 million guaranteed, instead seeking money comparable to higher draft picks.

        Coach Mike Singletary acknowledged last month that the ***** discussed changing their offer to Crabtree, and team president Jed York said in mid-September that the team hoped for a face-to-face meeting with Crabtree but hadn't heard back from his representatives.

        That meeting finally happened Tuesday at an undisclosed spot in the Bay Area away from the team's Santa Clara headquarters. Crabtree and Parker were joined by York, vice president of football operations Paraag Marathe and general manager Scot McCloughan. It's not common for a player to join such contract talks.

        Singletary, whose team leads the NFC West and at 3-1 is off to its best start since 2002, said Monday he would welcome Crabtree whenever he shows up to join the team.

        The ***** must sign Crabtree by Nov. 17 for him to remain eligible to play this season. The team would have a seven-week window before the 2010 draft to trade Crabtree if he did not sign.

        Crabtree caught 97 passes for 1,165 yards and 19 touchdowns last year during his sophomore season at Texas Tech. He finished his college career with 231 receptions for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns.

        The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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        • #5
          Re: PFT: Niners, Crabtree meeting today

          This and the Braylon trade could make the NFL much more interesting this year. I picked up Crabtree for my fantasy team when I heard that he and the 9ers were going to meet so hopefully he has a good season because the Rams are already pretty much out of the playoffs.

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          • #6
            Re: PFT: Niners, Crabtree meeting today

            6 Years, 32 million, 17 million guaranteed, Crabtree can opt out after year 5.

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            • #7
              Re: PFT: Niners, Crabtree meeting today

              I really dont think this kid will be a threat to anyone. He's a product of the spread offense. From watching his tape, he has good hands yes. But face it Hill sure isn't no hall of fame type quarterback.

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              • tdog08
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              • Keenum
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                The situation in San Francisco between the ***** and receiver Michael Crabtree is quickly going from bad to worse.

                Per a league source, agent Eugene Parker is telling the ***** that Crabtree will sit out the season and re-enter the draft in 2010, unless the team gives Crabtree what he wants.

                Of course, what Crabtree specifically wants isn't known, since Parker (as multiple sources tell us) still hasn't made a proposal.

                There's also a growing chorus of league insiders who are speaking out against the widely-believed effort by Parker to blow up the slotting process with Crabtree. Teams obviously would contend that the unwritten rules of draft-pick negotiation ritual should be honored; however, some of the agents who arguably would benefit from the introduction of chaos privately have described efforts to blow the curve as "inappropriate" and "unacceptable" and "wrong."

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                Then again, if Crabtree is picked any higher than No. 10 after having a chance to engage in pre-draft workouts, he'd likely end up with more money than the slotting process currently would pay.

                After, of course, waiting a year to get it.



                This has got to be a bluff. Wouldn't teams pass over him next year, especially since it could be uncapped, and there's no telling how much money he would want?
                -08-06-2009, 11:55 AM
              • r8rh8rmike
                Crabtree Conducts Convoluted Holdout
                by r8rh8rmike
                ***** Crabtree conducts convoluted holdout

                By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports


                The NFL’s other 31 teams often benefit from his strange personnel moves, which allow talented draft picks and free agents to slide to them.

                In April, the cross-bay San Francisco ***** rejoiced when the Raiders selected wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes) seventh overall. It allowed the Niners to select Michael Crabtree(notes), a pass-catching machine out of Texas Tech, at No. 10. Predraft hype rated Crabtree higher than Heyward-Bey.

                Now the Niners’ dream pick has turned nightmare. In a convoluted strategy, Crabtree is threatening to sit out the 2009 season by negotiating off mock drafts which didn’t occur rather than the real one that did.

                Crabtree has decided that he shouldn’t have to be paid less because – based on all the made-up, predicted drafts – Al Davis made a mistake. He wants to be paid more than Heyward-Bey, demanding his contract reflect that it was actually he who was the higher selected receiver.

                It’s a ground-breaking, if intellectually bankrupt, concept.

                Crabtree’s camp said Thursday that he is even willing to sit out the year and re-enter the draft next spring unless he gets more than the $23.5 million the Raiders guaranteed Heyward-Bey. The news was first reported by profootballtalk.com. Anything less than that stratospheric number is “unacceptable.”

                “We are prepared to do it,” David Wells, a cousin of Crabtree, told ESPN. “Michael just wants fair market value. Michael is one of the best players in the draft, and he just wants to be paid like one of the best players.”

                The ridiculousness of a guy who’s never caught a professional pass deeming $20-something million “unacceptable” is a testament to the troublesome way the NFL pays its rookies. A sense of youthful entitlement combines with a flawed structure so that the unproven rookie often makes more than the veteran All-Pro.

                While NFL players tend to earn their money – a disturbing percentage leave the game as near-cripples dealing with neurological problems – Crabtree would be best served getting to camp and focusing on the tens of millions he will earn rather than the few more he may not.

                More intriguing, however, is what Crabtree is trying to pull. Contract negotiations and holdout threats aren’t new. This is. It isn’t just an unorthodox attempt to bypass the traditional (if unofficial) slotting of rookie salaries. It’s putting real value on the unreal speculation that surrounds the buildup to the draft.

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              • Nick
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                By CHAREAN WILLIAMS
                [email protected]
                Friday, Feb 13, 2009
                Posted on Thu, Feb. 12, 2009

                MCKINNEY — Cornerbacks have talked a lot of trash to Michael Crabtree over the years. They’ve called him every name in the book.

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                The one thing a cornerback has never been dumb enough to call Crabtree is "slow."

                Crabtree always has been fast enough on the football field. Fast enough to catch 231 passes for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns in 26 games. Fast enough to twice win the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best receiver. Fast enough to finish fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 2008.

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                That has brought Crabtree to the Michael Johnson Performance Center, where Johnson, the four-time gold-medalist and nine-time world champion, has been charged with making Crabtree faster. Crabtree has been training with 13 other draft prospects, including Mississippi offensive tackle Michael Oher, Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew and Virginia Tech defensive back Victor "Macho" Harris, since Jan. 6.

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                A running story since the NFL Scouting Combine now involves no running.

                After initially intending to try to go through his pro day, Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree changed his mind this weekend and opted to have surgery on the slight stress fracture in his left foot.

                “After thorough consideration and discussion with my advisers and doctors, I decided to have the surgery rather than risk any further injury,” Crabtree said in a statement. “As a competitor, I wanted to run at my pro day, but it became clear that the best thing for me is to have the surgery and be ready to get on the field as soon as possible.”

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